Med Hondo’s West Indies Rebellion (1979)

A fantastic 4K resolution from the 1979 original. Funded by Thomas Sankara and filmed in Burkina Faso

This vastly ambitious musical presents the common history of Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, from the transatlantic trade to contemporary migrations. Adapted from Daniel Boukman’s stage play, the drama unfolds aboard a life-sized model of a slave ship, constructed within a factory. For Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé, Hondo’s masterpiece proved that ‘militant cinema can be beautiful’.

West Indies

+ intro by archivist Annabelle Aventurin + Q&A with film programmer Abiba Coulibaly, Jonathan Ali of the Twelve30 Collective and filmmaker, curator and DJ Rabz Lansiquot

A vast musical fresco set on a slave ship and presenting hundreds of years of history, from enslavement to 20th-century migration, through brilliant choreography, wide ranging musical styles and sharp satire.

£6.50 tickets available from from 3 weeks before the event

African Odysseys

The African Odysseys film programme at the British Film Institute is the only one of its kind in the country. No other cinema offers a monthly showing of Black films plus a Q&A session. The programme has proven hugely successful over the last 16 years and has created an impressive archive of general history, film history and recorded Q&As with directors, actors and producers.

You can see some of our recorded post film Q&As on our Youtube page here.



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