Black History Month – Struggles for Black Community

Black History Month - Struggles for Black Community

Films from Colin Prescod followed by a Q&A
Sat 24 October / Screen 3 / 4pm / £8, £6 concs

As part of Black History Month Rich Mix welcomes Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations as he presents two seminal documentaries that focus on an aspect of contemporary Black history. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A led by Colin Prescod on issues raised in the film.

Film line up:

A Town Under Siege (NC)
Dir: Colin Prescod / 2008 / UK / 38mins
Focusing on Southall from 1976-1981, this insightful documentary charts the area’s resistance to racist and fascist attacks. Initiated by the community organisations of the 1950s, these groups combated racism in the workplace and discrimination in the community. Set against the rise of state racism with severe controls on immigration and police harassment, we witness how a community fashioned and forged new weapons to cope with the struggle. Indeed it was during one of these clashes that teacher and anti-racist, Blair Peach was killed in 1979, sparking one of the London’s most infamous riots.

From You Were Black, You Were Out
Dir: Colin Prescod / 2008 / UK / 38mins
Set in Notting Hill in the 1950s, we follow the ‘founders’ of the Ladbroke Grove community as they describe their experience of life at that time. With decaying housing, slum landlords and brutal racism, the local community were forced to defend themselves; something that developed into a more general community resistance. From the emergence of local ‘Black Power’ groups to the arrival of the area’s carnival, the film is a fitting testament to the tenacity and strength of a community.

Region: All
Start Date: 24/10/2009
End Date: 24/10/2009
Start Time: 16.00
Venue: RichMix
Venue Address: RichMix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London
Website: http://www.richmix.org.uk
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