UK Premiere ! Sunday 22 May 2pm
www.phoenixcinema.co.uk, 52 High Road N2, 2 mins from East Finchley tube, Northern Line
All action animation from the Caribbean about revolution and self empowerment with a Black girl as the hero !! Forget Oscars so white buy your tickets and support Black filmmaking and Black actors NOW ! This screening will surely sell out !!
In 2100, the Empire of Mortemonde colonizes almost all of the Earth and kidnaps the population into a virtual reality in a massive computer .
People are forced to fight for £1000 each month in Battledream, a video game in which you can actually die
Only those who are successful receive the right to live until the following month.
Syanna, a young Martinican (Martinique s a French speaking island in the Caribbean, close to St Lucia) , refuses to continue to live well while her friends suffer and decides to fight for her people's freedom.
Plus Q and A with cast/director
Art: Cleric of the Forward order by Chris Rallis
Race and Representation Talk Saturday 16 April 2pm www.bfi.org.uk, BFI Southbank, 5 mins from Waterloo tube
PLUS Film 'O' (Othello) with Mekhi Phifer at 4.15pm
Join a special debate about Shakespeare and the notion of ‘blackness’ in his plays – in their stories as well as in the performance. This session will look at casting, the cultural reverence in which the work is still held, its assumed ‘universality’ and its application to different periods, regions and cultures. This lively, illustrated discussion will be hosted by actor-director Burt Caesar, who’s joined by acclaimed stage and screen actor Hugh Quarshie (Holby City, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace).
'O' starring Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen Mekhi Phifer
Odin (Phifer) is a talented sportsman who becomes the target of a jealous rival (no prizes for guessing the dramatic inspiration for this tragic story). The film’s raw depiction of sex, violence, gun crime and drug abuse is powerfully realised by its young cast, but the film was withdrawn from distribution for two years following the real-life tragedy of the Columbine massacr
Sunday 8th May 2.pm
www.phoenixcinema.co.uk , 52 High Road, 2 mins from East Finchley tube, Nothern Line
It blew people away when we first screened it at BFI Southbank and SO MANY people said they wanted to see it again.. A beautiful, fantastic,amazing film..
The first-ever film shot entirely in Vanuatu tells a story of forbidden love, rites of passage,global warming, respect for elders and African sprituality.
The eternal story of young lovers breaking all the rules and risking everything to be together is beautifully told in “Tanna,” Based on dramatic events that took place on the volcanic island of Tanna in 1987, the film weaves fascinating details of African life into a universally accessible and emotionally affecting romantic drama. Very well performed by non-professionals drawn from communities whose history is represented on screen, following its Venice world premiere, and has a shot at niche theatrical play in selected markets. The film’s most visually striking sequence finds Wawa and Dain standing at the mouth of an active volcano. According to beliefs on Tanna the volcano is home to Yahul, a Spirit Mother whose aura teaches wisdom, respect and knowledge.
Very much about female experiences and rites of passage in a society whose foundations are shifting, the film surrounds Wawa’s daring actions with enriching observations by her mother and grandmother
Part of the film’s success can be attributed to events that took place long before cameras rolled. The producers spent seven months living with the Yakel, a people whose customs and lifestyle have changed little for centuries. During this time the filmmakers were told of a great love story from the recent past.
Plus Q and A
Watch trailer here http://media.smh.com.au/entertainment/trailers/trailer-tanna-6924993.html
Sunday March 20th 3.45pm
www.phoenixcnema.co.uk 52 High Road, 2 mins from East Finchley tube, Northern Line
The Black female Tennis hero who inspired the Williams sisters with her amazing two time win of Wimbledon in racist 1950's Britain.
Althea Gibson's life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper's daughter, her family's migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.
No player, not even the great Arthur Ashe (who came a decade after Althea), overcame more obstacles to become a champion than Althea Gibson; the first African-American to play at (and win) Wimbledon and the US Open was a woman. She was celebrated by ticker-tape parades in New York City, twice, to welcome her home after hard-fought victories. There was no professional tennis circuit for women in her era, so her options were limited. As Althea said, "You can't eat a crown." When she the #1 player in the world, she still could not afford her own apartment, and became constantly indebted to her benefactors.
This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk