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Tuesday 15 October 201918.00 to 20.00

An experimental film essay on race and revolt in Britain, filmed in Handsworth and London during the 1985 riots, it uses both archives and newsrool. Directed by John Akomfrah of the Black Audio Film Collective.

Handsworth Songs was made for the Channel 4 series Britain: The Lie of the Land. The film went on win seven international awards including the BFI John Grierson Award for Best Documentary. The techniques for which Black Audio Film Collective became recognised are already apparent: a multi-stranded narrative, visual experimentation, a mosaic of sound, interspersed with newsreel, and still photographs of black people's lives.

It's interesting and informative to listen to the direct accounts of people caught up in the riots, whether bystanders or active participants. But the implicit aim of Handsworth Songs, as with other BAFC productions, for example Who Needs A Heart (1991), is not truth, exactly, but personal reflection and reaction to events.

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Film run time: 61m

This event is a collaboration between UCL Film & TV Society and the Black and Minority Ethnic Student’s Network. All students are welcome.


Black Futures

We must act in the present to make our future what we want it to be. ‘Black Futures’ asks us how we want to move from surviving to thriving. ‘Black Futures’ asks us to reclaim history for ourselves… because history is political and so is our future.

What is the BME Network

The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Students’ Network is a place of support, acceptance and activism. This year we’ll be running the Decolonising UCL campaign, working to close the BME attainment gap, supporting the fight for free education by resisting changes to higher education that hit BME students the hardest and fighting for free crisis accommodation for students in need.