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African Odysseys Presents: Injustice

September 2020

African Odysseys presents a collection of films which speak to the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK and the world.

Introduction

Image from Magic Mike XXL

  • Mangrove Nine

    Mangrove Nine + The People’s Account

    Documentary concerning the notable Notting Hill restaurant, which was targeted by police as a site of Black Power activism.

  • The Tall Man

    The Tall Man

    Australian documentary charting the death in police custody of a local indigenous man.

  • Injustice

    Injustice

    Pioneering film charting the struggles of the families of those who have died in police custody.

  • Who Polices The Police?

    Who Polices The Police? + Britain’s Black Legacy

    Personal testimony, poetry and political analysis challenge the independence of the IPCC.

  • Bus 174

    Bus 174

    The story of the hostage-taking of bus passengers in Brazil and the 1993 police massacre that may have sown its seeds.

  • The Hard Stop

    The Hard Stop

    BAFTA-nominated film following the killing of Mark Duggan and the riots that it spawned.

Introduction

Now in its 14th year, our African Odysseys programme strand often champions polemical films which challenge the status quo. Utilising the expertise of community activists, our programme has long dealt with the subject of police brutality and institutional racism. The reaction to the murder of George Floyd has catapulted these issues back into the mainstream agenda. However, the UK is not ‘innocent’ and independently produced civil-rights films from Ceddo and Migrant Media (featured in this season) were banned. Such titles were selected for the 2018 African Odysseys’ Black and Banned season. Director Ken Fero’s seminal films (of Migrant Media) along with panel discussions were featured in the African Odysseys strand in 2014. For these reasons we revisit the Black struggle for human and civil rights and link it with the international fight against racial injustice, with titles from as far afield as Australia and Brazil.

Tony Warner, Chair African Odysseys Steering Committee, BFI Southbank.

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