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Black History Month screenings in London (October 2018)

Various venues across London, see links.


Spike Lee Mixtape Season at Deptford Cinema

October in Britain is Black History Month, and for Deptford Cinema that means a sweeping retrospective of director Spike Lee’s joints. Since his breakout first feature She's Gotta Have It back in 1986, African-American filmmaker Spike Lee has built an incredibly diverse, politically-charged, and hugely respected filmography that is famed for its pull-no-punches focus on the Black American experience in a society still infused with racism, from his early feature Do the Right Thing to the recent Cannes-winning police drama BlackKklansman. Runs 11 October - 6 November.


The Watermelon Woman at PeckhamPlex

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman. Screens 29 October.


Bristol Radical Film Festival 2018 presents Pressure (1976), director Horace Ove

Set in Notting Hill in the 1970s, Tony, a young British man whose family immigrated from Trinidad, reckons with the British black power movement. Through interaction with his brother’s political activity and backlash at his friendship with white peers, he comes to a powerful political realisation. 13 October 2018.

BHM Screening: Black London: A Bigger Picture

Black History Studies presents a specially curated programme of archive footage representing Black communities in London with films from the 1950s up to the turn of the century. This programme has been compiled by London’s Screen Archives as part of the London: A Bigger Picture project. Come and see representations of the Black community from London Boroughs on film. Tue 16 October 2018