Burning an Illusion
A seminal Black British love story of personal and political discovery.
Dir Menelik Shabazz
With Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin, Angela Wynter
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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