Having kicked off on Friday May 5, 2017, the Women in Activism Film Festival is set to be an inspiring and invigorating watch. Re-discover a history the system will not teach us. Who better to teach us then ourselves?

Bought to you by Black History Studies, the Women in Activism Film Festival is a programme of screenings celebrating Black Women in Activism, highlighting the efforts, experiences and excellence of our Melanated Queens around the world and throughout history.

The film festival will feature a mixture of feature films and documentaries, along with presentations and post film discussions with audience members.

The programme of events are as follows:

Mama Africa (15)

Friday May 12, 2017 at 19:00 – 21:00pm. Bernie Arts Grant theatre, Tottenham. Doors open 19:00pm. Film begins 19:30pm.

Mama Africa is the biography of the South African singer Miriam Makeba, who was the first black, African musician to win international stardom. Her music influenced artists across the globe, although her style stayed anchored in her South African roots. She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie.

Makeba was also a vocal campaigner against apartheid, and always stood for truth and justice. After her involvement with the 1959 documentary Come Back Africa (one of the first films to expose the harsh realities of apartheid) she was forced into a life in exile from her homeland.

This documentary traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Friends and colleagues, some who knew her from the beginning, in the dance halls of South Africa (remember Pata Pata), together with her grandchildren, allow us to know the remarkable journey of Mama Africa.

Tickets £8 + booking fee. To buy, click here.

NORTH LONDON PREMIERE – BaddDD Sonia Sanchez (15)

Friday May 26, 2017  at 19:00 – 22:30pm. Bernie Arts Grant theatre, Tottenham.  Doors open 19:00pm. Film begins 19:30pm.

Deemed “a lion in literature’s forest” by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, 81 year old Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.
In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.
According to the Eventbrite page, sales have ‘ended’ but try, contacting BlackHistoryStudies for info regarding DVD availability.
NORTH LONDON PREMIERE – The Amazing Nina Simone (15)

Unfortunately this one is SOLD OUT, but try contacting BlackHistoryStudies for info regarding DVD availability.

 

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