Advisory 15
1hr 50mins

These two hour-long films by the Black Audio Film Collective are key artistic chronicles of racism and the struggle for equality in the UK.

These films screen as a part of Playing The White Card - click here to learn more.

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The White Card
Black Audio Film Collective
Advisory 15
English

Handsworth Songs is one of the Black Audio Film Collective’s most seminal films, exploring the realities of the Handsworth riots which took place in Birmingham in 1985 in response to the repressive policing of Black communities. Also following riots that were taking place in London at the same time, director John Akomfrah crafted one of the defining portraits of the particularities of British racism with this film, with a particular focus on the hopes and dreams of Britain’s diverse Black community, Britain’s colonial past, and the intersection between race and class in the UK. Carried by a striking reggae, punk and post-industrial soundtrack, this is a landmark film about inequality in Britain.

Seven Songs for Malcolm X, meanwhile, envisages the death and life of African American revolutionary Malcolm X as a seven-part study in iconography, narrated by novelist Toni Cade Bambara and actor Giancarlo Esposito. Featuring reenactments, interviews and archive, John Akomfrah’s direction creates an evocative portrait of a vital revolutionary figure, delving both into the past and exploring X’s influence on the present via a tour of Harlem, and an eventual convergence on the key location of African Square.

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