20 Banned Black Films you need to see. 16 Years of African Odysseys

Saturday 16th September 1.30pm

20 Banned Black Films you need to see. 16 years of African Odysseys

Choice of banned Black films screened by African Odysseys since 2007 with facts, statistics and reasons. Also Wattstax and Larry Clark preview

In advance of the Black history and music all day session at the BFI Southbank on Saturday July 22nd( Larry Clark’s Passing Through and Wattstax, details at www.bfi.org.uk) , we present a history of other Black films that have been suppressed and denied audiences.

Wattstax links into US Civil Rights and the role of music,Passing Through reveals the racist underbelly of the white owned Black music business. Both films are seriously underviewed and many people have never even head of them.

The African Odysseys film programme has been screening fantastic Black films once a month with Q&A’s for 16 years. It is the only such programme in the country and was initiated and maintained by community activists.

Some of the films we have shown have been literally banned and this presentation will go through 20 of them explaining what these films were about, why they were banned and the current methods of suppressing Black films that challenge Hollywood stereotypes. We will cover:

  • Government agencies and their role in suppressing independent movie production
  • Origins of African Odysseys
  • ·How to ban a film without appearing to ban it
  • ‘We don’t want a full house of Black people even if it will make us money’ with proof
  • Where to access great African/Caribbean films
  • Black Lives Matter and the link to Film
  • African Odysseys at the BFI Black and Banned season 2018
  • New platforms for viewing positive African/Caribbean content
  • Extracts from Black History Walks in London Vol 1 which has extensive details about Black film exhibition

Other coming events ww.blackhistorywalks.co.uk

  • Black History River Cruise
  • Black History Bus Tour
  • Black broadcasters of the 1990s @Phoenix cinema
  • Dr Althea Jones Lecointe plaque unveiling
  • How Black people won World War 2
  • Tracing the money of the slave owners
  • Black History Walks Theatreland, Hackney, Brixton, Mayfair, St Paul’s/Soho
  • Real Black Pirates and the Caribbean
  • Black British Ballet in the West End, a brief history
  • White Supremacy in your toilet
  • The Gentrification of Peckham and Black Urban removal worldwide
  • Harry Belafonte season at BFI Southbank
  • Regents Park canal black history walk

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