But Where Are You Really From?

Burning an Illusion

A seminal Black British love story of personal and political discovery.

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UK 1981
Dir Menelik Shabazz
With Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin, Angela Wynter
Certificate 15

Shot in the Caribbean-West London communities of the early 1980s, Burning an Illusion focuses on the life of young Pat Williams who, through love and life, grows in emotional maturity and political consciousness, forcing her to re-evaluate what she wants from the world. As the first British film to put a Black woman’s personal conflicts at the fore, it gave a voice to a whole generation.

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