The 2016 #OscarSoWhite social media storm exposed discrimination and lack of opportunity for black people within the film industry but in 2017 six black actors were nominated for Oscars along
The 2016 #OscarSoWhite social media storm exposed discrimination and lack of opportunity for black people within the film industry but in 2017 six black actors were nominated for Oscars along with a number of black directors, cinematographers and others. In this special event, the Film Society focuses on two significant pieces of black cinema, each offering different perspectives on what it means to be black in America.
3.00PM I Am Not Your Negro (12A)
Dir: Raoul Peck, USA, 2016, 95 mins
Samuel L Jackson (voice), James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, George W Bush, Dick Cavett
Oscar-nominated documentary dramatizing James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and Medgar Evers. When African-American activist and author, James Baldwin, died in 1987, he left just 30 completed pages of a manuscript about the three civil rights activists, all murdered between 1963 and 1968. Taking this as his start point, Baldwin began an analysis of race, class and the white American mind-set. Peck’s fascinating archive footage and narration give an insight into Baldwin and the civil rights era and take us forward to black lives in the present day.
‘Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called “race relations” . . . this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind.’ NY Times
5.00PM Tea and cake
5.25PM Moonlight (15)
Dir: Barry Jenkins USA, 2016, 111 mins
Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monaé, Naomi Harris
Winner of Best Picture Oscar 2017, this is a coming-of-age portrait of black gay masculinity chronicled through the childhood, adolescence and early adulthood of a young African-American growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, Barry Jenkins’ film is about being poor, black and gay and the meaning of manhood but it speaks to all sexualities in the search for self-realisation. ‘Who is you?’ is a question that resonates throughout the film.
‘By avoiding the overblown clichés so often used to represent black American life in film, Barry Jenkins has created something achingly alive.’ Hilton Als in The New Yorker
Tickets £11, £9 SAC members.
Single film £7, £5.50 SAC members
Film Society members free
(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 7:20 pm
13 Bell Street Shaftesbury SP7 8AR