“10 Years of African Odysseys: Black Films and White Power”

Thursday 24th May 2018 6:30 PM – 8: 00 PM @ Harris Westminster Sixth, Steel House, 11 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LH

’10 Years of African Odysseys’ – is a course that focuses on Black Films and White Power. It will present the best films, ideas, Q&A, talks, interviews, and knowledge of ten years of African/Caribbean film programming at the British Film Institute (BFI) known as African Odysseys. Distilled into five interactive learning sessions, the course will feature various African Odysseys contributors, special guest’s, films clips, quizzes and mini lectures.

Session 1: African Odysseys top 40 films – This presentation will show trailers and clips of the 40 best films we’ve screened plus relevant commentary and tips on how to access.

Session 2: Black films don’t sell? Exploding the myth – For decades, white producers have promoted the idea that films with black casts don’t perform well and therefore should not be made. We go right back to the 1970’s to show how the opposite is true and why this falsehood is maintained with numerous UK and US examples, including Marvel Studio’s Black Panther – READ MORE HERE: Social Commentary No. 9 “AFRICA IN THE SPOTLIGHT’…THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY”

Session 3: An evening with Charlie Phillips and friends – Mr Phillips is a world famous photographer, heritage consultant and film fan. In this session, we will show revolutionary clips of films from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and Charlie will fill in the context of the politics of the day and the effect of the film on the community. Clips include ‘Shaft’, ‘Sankofa’, ‘Sweet Sweetback’, ‘Watermelon Man’, ‘Goodbye Uncle Tom’, ‘Brazil’, ‘Abolition’, ‘Three the Hard Way’.

Session 4: The Conspiracy to destroy positive black films – A list and examples of obvious and invisible obstacles black films face. How the BBFC rating system discriminates against African films, etc.

Session 5: The best of 10 Years of African Odysseys Q&A – Selected outtakes of recorded Q&A’s and talks over the last ten years. Plus the African, French and Caribbean perspective.

Course Objectives:

  • Provide resources for the consumption of excellent African diaspora film
  • Explain the levels and types of racism black films encounter
  • Document the film and social history of African Odysseys
  • Detail the social and cultural impact of film on the community
  • Illustrate the quality of film content from the African Diaspora
  • Promote African/Caribbean history
  • Promote black film culture and business

2018 is a landmark year of historical events:

  • 50 Years since the police killing of David Oluwale
  • 50 years since MLK was assassinated
  • 50 years since the 1968 Race Relations act
  • 60 Years since the Notting Hill Racist Riots 1958
  • 70 years of Windrush (1948)
  • 100 years of Women having the vote 1918
  • 100 years since the end of World War 1918

Don’t miss out – book your place now: 10 Years of African Odysseys – for all film buffs and movie enthusiasts!