This programme presents two contrasting, landmark works for television that explore the spectre of racism in Britain (both overt and institutional) and the growing network of activism in Black communities responding to prejudice and inequality.
The new film from George Amponsah (The Hard Stop), Black Power: A British Story of Resistance is a multi-layered, richly told history of the Black Power movement in the UK, narrated by Daniel Kaluuya. Featuring archive and interviews with the people that were at the heart of the movement, the film is a long overdue, definitive account of a vital social movement in recent British history.
Blacks Britannic, meanwhile, is an incendiary exploration of institutional racism in the UK that was actually made for US television in 1978. So controversial at the time that it was banned in the UK and never aired, the film is a vital document of the struggle against racism in Britain, and is very rarely seen on then big screen. The screening will be introduced by Margaret Henry, one of the orginal researchers on the film.