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Black and Banned

Chameleon Street

A humorous dramatisation of real-life impostor and con-man William Douglas Street.

Image from Chameleon Street

USA 1990
Dir Wendell B Harris Jr
With Timothy Alvaro, Dave Barber, Wendell B Harris Jr, Marti Bowling
93min
Digital

Despite winning the Sundance Grand Prix and garnering critical accolades on its release, within five years Chameleon Street had all but disappeared: in the words of Harris Jr it was ‘summarily banned from global broadcast from 1994.’ His humorous dramatisation of real-life impostor and con-man William Douglas Street is a penetrating commentary on racial injustice and economic segregation, and to quote Gone With the Wind’s Evelyn Keyes – it’s a movie that ‘refuses to sit in the back of the bus.’

The screening on Tuesday 4 September will be introduced by Kunle Olulode, director of Voice4Change.


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