British Film Institute
3 June 2017
An unbroken line of influence can be traced back from Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade to the imprint left on cinema by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust: a connection highlighting the profound cultural legacy of images created by and about black women. With roots in theatre and activism – and springing from film movements such as the LA Rebellion and the Sankofa Film Collective in the UK – the works in this season are imbued with mesmerising poetic qualities, experimental techniques and a dedication to reflecting the black feminine in all its multitudes. As conversations about black womanhood dominate culture today, from #BlackGirlMagic to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche declaring ‘we should all be feminists’, Unbound revisits works that have historically been obscured from view, and introduces a new band of pioneers, with stories that are ripe for rediscovery.
“Some films are made because they need to be made. They’re works of passion” - Julie Dash
We’re co-presenting the season launch of the BFI film season ‘Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine’. Inspired by the re-release of Julie Dash’s landmark Daughters of the Dust Unbound looks backward and forward to the present day at the generations of black women making innovative film work. Join us for a day of short films and panel discussions followed by music in the BFI Bar & Kitchen provided by BBZ and resident gal-dem DJs.
A special season introduction delving into the history, craft and unique visual quality behind images of the black feminine. With early narrative work from Julie Dash, a rich archival documentary about about Stonewall uprising hero Stormé DeLarverie and fearlessly bold work from Ngozi Onwurah, this event uncovers the imprint made by black women filmmakers and will inspire you to explore the rest of our Unbound season. With panelists Karen Alexander, Kelli Weston and Season Curator Tega Okiti. Hosted by Grace Barber-Plentie
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