African Odysseys Presents: Injustice
African Odysseys presents a collection of films which speak to the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK and the world.
Documentary concerning the notable Notting Hill restaurant, which was targeted by police as a site of Black Power activism.
Australian documentary charting the death in police custody of a local indigenous man.
Pioneering film charting the struggles of the families of those who have died in police custody.
Personal testimony, poetry and political analysis challenge the independence of the IPCC.
The story of the hostage-taking of bus passengers in Brazil and the 1993 police massacre that may have sown its seeds.
BAFTA-nominated film following the killing of Mark Duggan and the riots that it spawned.
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.