Saturday 15th August, 4pm-5pm BST
The video of our Zoom roundtable with filmmakers Onyeka Igwe, Rhea Storr and Ufuoma Essi, facilitated by film programmer Maria Cabrera is available to read and download here, as a transcript of the event: PDF. If you are interested to watch the video of the discussion for research or teaching purposes, please feel free to get in touch: email@example.com
The saved Zoom chat is available here with links to the filmmakers’ work and recommendations. And we have the two paywalled articles mentioned available for download as PDFs: Daphne A. Brooks’ “Black Female Soul Singing and the Politics of Surrogation in the Age of Catastrophe” [pdf] and Denise Ferreira da Silva’s “Towards a Black Feminist Poethics” [pdf].
- Find our speaker bios here.
- Read Grace Barber-Plentie and Javie Huxley’s response to the programme here.
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Featured image: Ufuoma Essi, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, 2019.
Club des Femmes x Between Us We Have Everything We Need
The shorts programme was available to view for free from Friday 14th August 12pm and Sunday 16th August 12pm BST, as part of CdF x Between Us We Have Everything We Need weekender.
The film programme includes:
All That You Can’t Leave Behind
Dir: Ufuoma Essi | UK | 2019 | 14 mins
All That You Can’t Leave Behind is an experimental appropriated video archive film that explores the relationship between black women’s collective experience with music, history and the act of reclamation. The film was made for the Barbican Young Visual Artist exhibition Concrete Salon at the Barbican Centre in April 2019.
A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message
Dir: Rhea Storr | UK | 2018 | 12 mins
Celebration is protest at Leeds West Indian Carnival. A look at forms of authority, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message asks who is really performing. Following Mama Dread’s, a troupe whose carnival theme is Caribbean immigration to the UK, we are asked to consider the visibility of black bodies, particularly in rural spaces.
Content Note: contains flashing images at the start and end
Collective Hum by B.O.S.S.
Dir: B.O.S.S. Collective | UK | 2019 | 7 mins
A short film exploring the polyphony of collectivity in the desires, motivations and stories that foreground the histories and present(s) of Black British sound. Collective Hum documents a collective in practice through the operation of B.O.S.S using multiple narration, overlapping voices and the sound of group interviews, meetings and events to create a polyphonic score to soundtrack images of the ‘collective bodies, kinaesthetic experience and gestural language’ of sound system culture.
Collective Hum was made through Second Sight, an ICO touring project in association with LUX, with support from the BFI Audience Fund and Arts Council England awarding National Lottery Funding.