Women in Activism Film Festival

March 2018

 



Women in Activism Film Festival is a programme of screenings curated by Black History Studies celebrating Black Women in Activism and to highlight the variety of work, experiences and excellence of Black Women around the world and through history. It is important to recognise that the contributions of Black Women to History, which makes for a much more inclusive, richer, fuller and more importantly, truthful account of World History.

The film festival will feature a mixture of feature films and documentaries. We will incorporate presentations and facilitate engaging post film discussions with audience members.

 

The programme of events are below:

 

 

 

ANGELA DAVIS: PORTRAIT OF A REVOLUTIONARY (12)
Saturday 3rd March 2018 @ Upstairs at the Ritzy

 

 

The late '60s and early '70s produced a large crop of social critics and self-labelled revolutionaries. Outspoken Black militant feminist and communist Angela Davis was one of these. Davis, also a professor of philosophy at U.C.L.A., is the subject of this documentary film made by one of her U.C.L.A. students. It features her in the classroom, at a "rap" session, studying quietly, and giving her rumbustious speeches at antiwar and other demonstrations.

 

 


This event will take place on SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 2018 from 12pm to 2pm.

 

Doors open at 12.00pm and the film will start at 12.30pm


The event will be held Upstairs at the Ritzy, Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG. The venue is not wheelchair accessible. For location details and travel information, please go to https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/info/Ritzy_Picturehouse


Tickets for this event are £10 per person.

Purchase your ticket from https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/angela-davis-portrait-of-a-revolutionary  


 

EAST LONDON PREMIERE

WINNIE (18)
Saturday 3rd March 2018 @ Hackney Attic

 

 

 


The absorbing life story of Winnie Madikizel...a-Mandela, who fought on the front lines for South African human rights during her husband's 27-year imprisonment, comes into focus through abundant archival footage and interviews with both her closest friends and those who hoped to silence her. A consistently controversial figure, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, wife of anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, shares her story in Pascale Lamche's revealing documentary.


Considered the "mother of the nation," Winnie Mandela became the face of her husband's movement during the 27 years he was imprisoned, staying in direct communication with the African National Congress (ANC) and their armed forces branch. Regularly arrested, and always on the front line with the people of South Africa, Winnie was an inspiration to seek justice and be heard at any cost. Lamche gained interview access to Winnie on four different occasions within two years, gaining personal insight from her and her daughter Zinzi Mandela. Additional interviews with Vic McPherson (Director of STRATCOM operations) and Niël Barnard (Head of National Intelligence Service) show the other side; the people who viewed Winnie Mandela as a dangerous criminal. They discuss the intense surveillance procedures they used to monitor Winnie, even going as far as providing Winnie and Nelson Mandela with a bugged house, in order to provide a sense of normalcy to their lives. Winnie refused to live there with her husband, seeing through it's guise as a home into what it really was: another prison. In Winnie, we learn through interviews and abundant archival footage that hers was a voice of the people that refused to be silenced.


 

This event will take place on SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 2018.

 

The event will take place at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE.


For location details and travel information, please go to https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/info/Hackney_Picturehouse#disabled-access

 

Doors open at 6.30pm. The event will start 7.00pm sharp!

 

Seats are unallocated.

 

Admission is £10.00 per person. Over 18 year olds only.

 

Purchase your tickets from https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/winnie


 

 


 

KIMPA VITA: THE MOTHER OF AFRICAN REVOLUTION (12)

 

Friday 16th March 2018 @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre

 

 


A Ne Kunda Nlaba's biopic documentary film about Mama Kimpa Vita. The fifteenth century was a time when the legacy of powerful African Kingdoms were wickedly invaded by the West. The African people's rich and plentiful history-interrupted by slavery, genocide and the deportation of Africans to new lands. In the account, The Great Kingdom on Kongo was no exception. A century later in 1704, a fearless young woman decides to fight for her country and while she tragically meets her demise, and is burned alive on the 2nd of July 1706, she is always remembered throughout her Kingdom as, Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African Revolution.

 


This event will take place on FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 2018  from 7pm to 10pm.

 

Doors open at 7.00pm and the film will start at 7.30pm


The event will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX.

 

For location details go to http://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/index.php/your-visit


Tickets for this event are £8 plus booking fee.


Purchase your ticket from https://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/see/film-kimpa-vita-the-mother-of-the-african-revolution  



 

POTO MATIN: HAITIAN WOMEN, PILLARS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (12)

Thursday 22nd March 2018 @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre

 



Told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy gives the economics of exploitation a human face. Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti through inhumane work and living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. While Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women's subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates these are global struggles. Finally, through their collective activism, these women show that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.


 


This event will take place on THURSDAY 22ND MARCH 2018  from 7pm to 9.30pm.

 

Doors open at 7.00pm and the film will start at 7.30pm


The event will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX.

 

For location details go to http://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/index.php/your-visit


Tickets for this event are £8 plus booking fee.


Purchase your ticket from https://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/see/film-poto-mitan/



 

REFLECTIONS UNHEARD: BLACK WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS (12)

Friday 23rd March 2018 @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre

 



Where do Black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960s and 70s? This feature-length documentary unearths the story of Black women's political marginalization-between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism, which was largely white and middle class-showing how each failed to recognise Black women's overlapping racial and gender identities.

 

Archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members reveal how Black women mobilized, fought for recognition, and raised awareness of how sexism and class issues affected women of colour within and outside The Black Power Movement and mainstream feminism. Archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), SNCC's Black Women's Liberation Committee, the Black Panther Party, Third World Women's Alliance, and the National Black Women's Feminist Organization reveal how black women mobilized, fought for recognition, and raised awareness of how sexism and class issues affected women of color within and outside The Black Power Movement and mainstream feminism.

 

Prominently featured activists include Frances Beale, Angela Davis, Kola Boof, Nikki Giovanni, Rosemari Mealy, Judy Richardson, Gwendolyn Simmons, Deborah Singletary, and Eugenia Wiltshire. Required viewing for Women's Studies, African American Studies, and students of the Civil Rights Movement.

 


This event will take place on FRIDAY 23RD MARCH 2018  from 7pm to 10pm.

 

Doors open at 7.00pm and the film will start at 7.30pm


The event will be held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX.

 

For location details go to http://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/index.php/your-visit


Tickets for this event are £8 plus booking fee.


Purchase your ticket from https://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk/see/film-reflections-unheard-black-women-in-civil-rights/   




THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE (18)

Saturday 24th March 2018 @ Hackney Attic


 



Black History Studies brings you the loved and often misunderstood story of America's most overlooked musical genius, finally brought to light in The Amazing Nina Simone. Director Jeff L. Lieberman brings audiences on Nina's journey from the segregated South, through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints and international concert halls. Navigating through the twists and turns of the 1960's fight for racial equality, the film delves deep into Nina's artistry and intentions, answering long-held questions behind Nina's most beloved songs, bold style, controversial statements and the reason she left America.

 

 

 

The event will take place at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE.

For location details and travel information, please go to https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/info/Hackney_Picturehouse#disabled-access

Doors open at 6.30pm. The event will start 7.00pm sharp!

Seats are unallocated.

Admission is £10.00 per person.

Over 18 year olds only.

Purchase your tickets from https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/the-amazing-nina-simone

 

 

 

The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development. It is also a unique opportunity to build on the International Year for People of African Descent, which was observed by the international community in 2011, and to further underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion and to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.