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Black and Banned

September-October 2018

The films you weren’t allowed to see: drama and documentaries that offer unique and challenging perspectives.

Introduction by season programmer David Somerset

Black and Banned


“We got reports indicating that the FBI visited exhibitors to try to convince them this film was subversive.”
Sam Greenlee, writer of The Spook Who Sat by the Door

This season draws on a wide range of film, TV documentary and drama that deserve screening in their own right, as well as for the questions they provoke about yesterday and today.

Our monthly African Odysseys screenings (which we have run for over 10 years) showcase films by and about the people of Africa. They offer unique perspectives and intrinsic artistic worth, yet some of these titles were denied wider exposure for allegedly subversive content: their ideas, politics, themes or storylines were deemed incompatible with the values of the day. Such censorship is occasionally imposed by governments, but more often than not it’s covertly assumed within the film industry, and even within the social, critical and academic community. We offer you a sample of these – uncensored – titles, and invite you to make up your own mind...


See African Odysseys presents: New Wave and our other African Odysseys screenings.

Season curated in partnership with the African Odysseys Steering Committee.


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