Cinema Rediscovered: BFI and Bristol Watershed screen Just Another Girl on the I.R.T by Leslie Harris

An event not to be missed later this month! In London at BFI Southbank and Bristol at Watershed, Cinema Rediscovered is presenting the cult classic Just Another Girl on the I.R.T made in 1992 by Leslie Harris who will give a Screen Talk following both screenings. A teen-classic you’ve probably never heard ever heard of Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. features Chantel – a smart, articulate black high school student, determined not to become ‘just another girl on the I.R.T’ (the NYC subway train).

25 years on, Leslie Harris reflects: It’s still a challenge for black women as writers, directors and producers. Yes, today we have Ava DuVernay and Dee Rees and that’s progress, but it’s not enough. Audiences are still missing out on many wonderful stories by black women filmmakers.  Financing is still a challenge, including for me making my current feature ‘I Love Cinema’. 25 years ago when I picked up my Sundance Prize, I said “… it’s time to see the independent vision of African American women both in front of and behind the camera”. 25 years later, I say it again. The time is now.”

The film premiered at Sundance in 1993, where Harris became the first African-American female writer, director, producer to win a Special Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. Made on a budget of $130,000, it was released in cinemas across the US and 20 countries worldwide, and became the first film by an African-American woman to gain British distribution. To book tickets for Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. + Q&A with director Leslie Harris click on the links below: Bristol Watershed:   

Ticket prices: £8.00 full / £5.00 concessions and under 24s Sat 28 July 18:00

London: BFI Southbank BOOK HERE    Friday 27 July 2018 18:00  Ticket prices: £9.20  –  £25.00


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