In 2016 the pioneering writer Claudia Rankine pronounced that ‘the invisibility of black women was astonishing.’ This cluster of short pieces take us on sharp and thought-provoking journeys that expose
In 2016 the pioneering writer Claudia Rankine pronounced that ‘the invisibility of black women was astonishing.’ This cluster of short pieces take us on sharp and thought-provoking journeys that expose the under-explored stories of black British women via, biography, historical memory, cultural archives and sound, to yield familiar, yet unsettling stories.
Films in this programme are:
The Words I Do Not Have Yet
(Dir Phoebe Boswell/GB 2017/11 mins)
A salute to women in history who have used their bodies in protest when they haven’t been permitted to use their voices, this film reflects upon the collective strength and subversive potential of women standing together and using their voices in collaboration.
(Dir Beverley Bennett/GB 2017/12 mins)
A tapestry of voices reveals the multi-faceted complexities and experiences of what it is to be a black woman in the UK today. Linking the realities of the everyday with historical legacy of the African Diaspora, the personal becomes political.
(Dir Nicola Thomas/GB 2017/8 mins)
Drawing on the ancient Greek story of Philomela and Tereus, Mel’s Lament imagines a present-day version of the couple and the complexity of their relationship.
(Dir Jay Bernard/GB 2017/8 mins)
In 1981 the New Cross Fire tragically claimed the lives of 13 young black people and was met with state, media and police indifference. Haunted by that history, and in the context of the recent rise of the far right, Something Said resurrects the spirit of Yvonne Ruddock, whose 16th birthday was being celebrated the night of the fire.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: Meeting Lorraine
We will be screening the short film Meeting Lorraine (Dir Zawe Ashton/GB 2017/9 mins) courtesy of Tate © Tate Digital 2018 before this screening.