Here’s what we’re looking forward to this June at BFI.
The Close Up Salon: Ava Duvernay
June’s CLOSE UP series is focused on the work of African American film director Ava DuVernay; the woman behind the Academy Award nominated feature film Selma (2014). Ava who is passionate about telling the stories of women and people of colour through her work and distribution company ARRAY, shall join the event via Skype to discuss her work and the mark she has made in the industry by being one of few black female directors. The session will also include a discussion chaired by expert speakers who will explore the themes covered in Ava’s work. The Close Up Salon will be held on the 11th of June 6:30 pm. Image credit: Still Middle of Nowhere. USA 2012 Dir Ava DuVernay
With David Oyelowo, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lorraine Toussaint 97min Digital
African Odysseys Presents: Windrush Women
As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generations’ journey from the Caribbean to Tilbury, the BFI shall host Testaments; an event focused on inter-generational dialogue among black British women filmmakers who have made immense but under emphasized contributions to the UK film and entertainment industry. The event which is presented by Gaylene Gould, will include archivist June Giavanni, Producer Nadine Marsh Edwards, BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker Dionne Walker and short film maker Jenn Nkiru. The Windrush Women event will be held on the 23rd of June from 11:00 to 17:00. For the above BFI events please visit: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival
Returning to BFI SouthBank for it’s 9th edition, the festival which showcases the best in contemporary Indian and South Asian Cinema shall run from 21st to the 29th of June. The programme for this year aims to celebrate the work of women filmmakers in the industry. Among the impressive line up is the film Venus (2017) by Eisha Maraja which tells the story of Sid, a Canadian Punjabi who decides to undergo a sex change, but not before learning that a 14 year old boy claims to be his long lost son. Venus will be screened on the 29th of June and followed by a Q&A with Eisha Maraja.
For more information on the full programme for the festival visit: http://www.londonindianfimfestival.co.uk