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George Jackson: Death of a Revolutionary

PLUS

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Sat 5th Feburary 2-5pm

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo

www.bfi.org.uk

 
'Black men born in the U.S.A and fortunate enough to live past the age of 18 are conditioned to accept the inevitability of prison. For most of us, it simply looms as the next phase in a sequence of humiliations'
 

Black Panther Field Marshall George Jackson inspired thousands inside and out of prison with his leadership and by authoring books like Blood in my Eye and Soledad Brothers. His positive influence proved too great and he was killed in an alleged prison escape one day before his trial. This 1971 ITV documentary contains interviews with his mother, Huey P Newton and Bobby Seale

 

Black Panther Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton was one of the most charismatic and inspirational leaders in the USA. He organised Free breakfasts for poor children and negotiated a peace deal between 6 different Chicago gangs who then used their members to help the community. The FBI and Chicago Police Department organised his assassination by paying an informer to drug him and draw a layout of his bedroom before arranging a police raid. Dismissed at the time as a 'conspiracy theory' this rare documentary uses government records and police informers to show how the American government murdered civil rights activists

 
 

 

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Sunday 27th February 2011 3.00-7.00pm prompt start

 

Venue: Lost Theatre 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU 

Tube:   Stockwell (10 mins walk)

Map http://losttheatre.co.uk/gettinghere/gettinghere 

Admission: £7.00 per person

www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk   

The original 3.5 hour event repeated by popular demand with African Superhero dvds for sale on the day and interviews with animators and directors

African Superheroes: Many  artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. This animation festival for 6-60 year olds, will feature a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of; Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun and Oshun, Teenage black superheroes and more

 

Extract from review  by Toyin Agbetu of Ligali.

'..Surprisingly one of the best set pieces was a breakdown of the use of African culture including our dance and music traditions. The historical narrative provided  was both insightful and entertaining. The width of the section presented was breathtaking from tap dance to capoeira. In closing, guest animators were invited to share details of some of the challenges faced by artists and announce projects in production such as the exciting

Anokyes Sword It is not often a community event makes history. This one, which engaged adult and child alike through the world of animation and

African Superheroes Day is a first that should be celebrated, and then repeated

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Trouble the Water 

Rich Mix Cinema Bethnal Green Road

   
Rich Mix Cinema 35 37 Bethnal Green road E16 LA
Tube: Liverpool St/Shoreditch
Entry: £8.50 concs £6.00 www.richmix.org.uk   

Academy and Emmy nominated, Winner of Grand Jury Award at Sundance for best documentary but never released here. At the heart of "Trouble the Water" are two amazing survivors, Kimberly and Scott Roberts, who with no car and no means of exit must fend for themselves. No angels these self-described "street hustlers," they nevertheless defy expectation and turn stereotypes on their head. They bring elderly neighbours and children to their attic for shelter, providing food, comfort and a good dose of humour. While the national media was whipping up looting hysteria and criminalizing anyone taking supplies from stores regardless of the need, the Roberts and their neighbours show a different reality, one characterized by sharing and a sense of good citizenship. Their larger-than-life nature and hearts are a stark counterpoint to the government's callous indifference  See trailer

 
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