Black is bountiful: films on the Afro-Caribbean experience get a free screening in Tottenham

Image courtesy of Media Archive for Central England available on BFI Player
A Rastafarian in Handsworth, Birmingham, interviewed by Central Television (pic courtesy Media Archive for Central England)

FOR ONCE the expression “not to be missed!!” may be justified (although most of us could probably do without the teenagerish exclamation marks).

Black Britain on Film is an archive of film being made available to the public as part of a touring programme.

The first section explores black history via films from around the British Isles between 1900 and 1986.

Viewers will see:

* miners in the collieries of  Lancashire and Yorkshire in Edwardian times;

* soldiers from British Empire nations joining the services to fight for the mother country in World War I;

* rare colour footage of the multiracial Cymraeg capital, Cardiff, in 1957;

* a Nigerian wedding in 1960s Cornwall;

* moving interviews with black school leavers in 1965;

* racial tensions in Liverpool, Merseyside, and New Cross, south London;

* the Notting Hill Carnival.

Film curator June Givanni and Barbados-born writer-director Menelik Shabazz will take part in a post-screening question-and-answer session.

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* Black Britain on Film, St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham N15 5PU, tomorrow Saturday 18 March 2017 5.30pm-8pm. Ten minutes’ walk from Seven Sisters Station, buses 67, 259, 279. Free but donations welcome. 

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