Sat 7 February 2 to 5pm
British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank
Belvedere Road SE1
The African Odysseys film programme has screened rare African/Caribbean films at the British Film Institute on London's South Bank for the last 8 years. The films are sourced and selected by the African Caribbean Consultative group which is comprised of grassroots organisations like Black History Walks, with a history of pro-active Black film screenings. The BFI is the only cinema in the country to offer monthly screenings of African/Caribbbean films. The films are often complemented with talks, workshops and Q and A's. Join the Black History Walks mail list HERE for regular updates.
Next African Odysseys film Invasion 1897 African Resistance
The 1897 invasion of Benin marked the climax in the inordinate exploitation of Africans and black peoples by the West. This sinister quest began with slavery and later evolved to the famed scramble for Africa where the entire continent was divided.
Invasion 1897 is an epic film based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 and looting the priceless ancient artifacts of the Benin kingdom, including the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. The commemorative head is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. film role. Plus Q and A with Dr Ama Biney and director
Watch Trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbC7NlqlSw