BLACK HISTORY MONTH OCTOBER 2018
(Contains images of real killings and dead bodies)
Screening from Friday 28th September, tickets on sale from Monday 24th September.
Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.
She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.
Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.
(Contains strong language, bloody violence, drug misuse)
Screening from Friday 5th October, tickets on sale from Monday 1st October.
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry.
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighbourhood they grew up in.
Long-time friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humour, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
DREAMING WHILST BLACK: CELEBRATING BLACK BRITISH CINEMA (15 TBC)
Monday 8th October 18.30
Screening of various short films along with You Tube series Dreaming Whilst Black followed by a Q&A discussing how to make it in the film industry, with: Ellen Thomas (actress) Dani Moseley (actress) Adeyemi Michaels (filmmaker) Sebastian Thiel (filmmaker).
Dreaming Whilst Black is a new mini comedy series from 4Quarter Films. The show, created by the award-winning filmmaker Adjani Salmon, tells the story of a young, passionate, yet naive filmmaker, Kwabena, who struggles to navigate between his dreams and reality. Dissatisfied with his work, Kwabena risks everything in order to make his dreams come true. As he makes his break out short film, he struggles to balance work, friends and his relationship. This struggle is compounded by the pressure from his family to gain financial stability. During this journey Kwabena has to ask himself, "What am I willing to sacrifice for my dreams?" and "Are these sacrifices worth it?".
UNDER YOUR NOSE (15 TBC) - FREE EVENT
Monday 15th October 18:30
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker and organisers of the centre.
Documentary about the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre that was based in Peckham during the 1990s. 33 years ago a group of activists came together with one aim – to open a centre for the BME LGBT community in London. Against the backdrop of 1980’s politics, Thatcherism, and burgeoning gay rights, Under Your Nose celebrates those trailblazing human rights workers whose political legacy is still apparent today.
The Q&A will feature Veronica McKenzie the filmmaker and Dorothea Smartt from BLGC.
BLACK MILLWALL (15 TBC)
Thursday 25th October 18.30
Documentary exploring memories of black Millwall fans over a 50 year period. Followed by Q & A with filmmaker Chris Haydon from Southwark TV.
Black fans are part of the history of Millwall, just as Millwall is part of the cultural heritage of a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse part of London.
This documentary is part of the 2-year, Lottery-funded project ‘Millwall’s changing communities: Experiences of football and neighbourhood in South London’. The project is managed by the Bermondsey-based charity Bede House, working together with Millwall for All. A title meant to surprise, ‘Black Millwall’ refers to the two strands the documentary aims to explore.
One is the voices and memories of black Millwall fans over a 50-year period. Black fans are part of the history of Millwall, just as Millwall is part of the cultural heritage of a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse part of London.
The other aims to challenge the wider perception of Millwall as the ‘black sheep’ of English football, known less for footballing achievements, and more for a fan base (in)famous for intimidation of opposing teams.
THE WATERMELON WOMAN (15 TBC)
Monday 29th October 18:30
Drector: Cheryl Dunye
Stars: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker.
Cheryl is a young, African American lesbian who works in a video rental store in Philadelphia with her friend Tamara. They earn extra money by making professional home videos for people. Cheryl becomes interested in films from the 1930s and 40s which feature black actresses. She notices that these actresses are often not credited. She watches a film called Plantation Memories with a black actress who is credited simply as "The Watermelon Woman". Cheryl decides to make a documentary about the Watermelon Woman and find out more about her life.