Film Talk: Amma Asante 'Where Hands Touch'

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Film Talk: Amma Asante 'Where Hands Touch'

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In the Nazi era, from 1933 – 1945, African-Germans numbered in their thousands. There was no uniform experience, but over time, they were banned from having relationships with white people, excluded from education and types of employment, and some were sterilized, while others were taken to concentration camps. By chance, film director Amma Asante came across an old photograph taken in Nazi Germany of a black school girl. Curiosity about this photo – who the girl was and what she was doing in Germany – set the award-winning filmmaker off on a path that led to Where Hands Touch (2018). An imagined account of a mixed-race teenager’s clandestine relationship with a Hitler Youth member as they witness the horror that is unravelling around them.

This event will feature Amma Asante talking about her latest film project Where Hands Touch, therefore, we recommend watching this film before coming to the talk. Where Hands Touch is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video and BFI Player.

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Amma Asante MBE is a multi-award winning writer and director who won a BAFTA for her first film, A Way of Life (2004). This made Amma the first Black director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing. Her follow up movie, Belle (2013), drew widespread critical acclaim, going on to become one of the highest-grossing independent films of the year and saw Amma named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, as well as being named by Variety as one of their ’10 Directors to Watch’. In 2016, A United Kingdom, directed by Amma, was released and its European Premiere saw her celebrated as the first Black director to open the BFI London Film Festival in its 60-year history. Where Hands Touch was released in the US in 2018 and the UK in 2019 completing a total of 3 films in just 4 years for the writer and director.

In 2017, Amma was named an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for Services to Film as a Writer and Director. She is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, has twice been elected to the council of BAFTA.

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