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YOUNG REBEL AND BLACK

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Menelik Shabazz Film Director

Menelik Shabazz (director of Burning An Illusion, Lover's Rock and Looking For Love) launches a landmark presentation of his three films, which exposes the persistent injustices of Black youth in Britain. The films, Blood Ah Go Run (1982), Breaking Point (1978) and Step Forward Youth (1977) will explore the historical context of the films, whilst matching them to society’s present challenges concerning youth. The screenings are intended to reclaim the memory of this generation for those who lived through it and the younger generation who can get a glimpse into the world of their parents at a similar age.

Considered to be a Godfather of Black British film, Menelik Shabazz counts ‘The Story of Lovers Rock 2011’, ‘Looking For Love 2015’ and the milestone film, which is ‘Burning an Illusion 1981’ as part of his cannon. He is the founder of the bfm International Film Festival in 1999 as well as the BFM magazine. Born in Barbados in 1954 and an alumni of the London International Film School, Shabazz has won awards to include the Grand Prix and Amien International Film Festival in 1982 for the film ‘Burning an Illusion’.

The director has become innovative in the development of his latest films and the ways in which the life of films are extended. With the film ‘Looking for Love’, he’s used this production to form the basis of a movement to support the transformation and healing of relationships within the Black community through the ‘Love-A-Lution’ series of events. Some of his latest works includes a Bajan soap opera called 'Heat'

Blood Ah Go Run (1981) - sees the Black Peoples Day of Action in London. It was a powerful march in protest against the mistreatment by police and other authorities, of the families, friends and community of the 13 young people who died in a fire at a birthday party in New Cross, south east London. People were convinced that the attack was racist – a claim denied by the police. To-date, no one has been charged or arrested for any of the deaths of the 13. Blood Ah Go Run is a documentation of that momentous march starting from Deptford to central London, which was filled with collective action and purpose.

Breaking Point (1978) - The notorious ‘SUS’ laws of Britain were punitive in their means of subjugating black people to disproportionate levels. Statistics show that black men in 2016 are still disproportionately stopped and searched by police. With interviews from the late academic, Stuart Hall and former MP for Brent South Paul Boateng, Breaking Point attempts to dissect this period of 1970s Britain and its impact upon the burgeoning black communities of the time. It is the first documentary directed by a Black director for mainstream British television.

Step Forward Youth (1977) - They’d planned to come to the ‘Mother Country’ to work enough money to send and then go ‘back home’, but most of the first folks invited from the Caribbean to rebuild a post-war Britain found they would indeed stay in the UK. Of course their children, born in Britain, had different ideas about their relationship with the ‘Mother Country’. This generation found themselves at the sharp end of press and media reports, which persistently marked them as criminals. Step Forward Youth looks at how this relationship became fractious with authorities and in archive footage, the film speaks with Black youth discuss their experiences with the police, school and parents.



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