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BFI Announce BlAcK and BanNed

BFI Southbank brings as part of its exciting new major season in September and early October BLACK AND BANNED showcasing work by and about the African diaspora, all of which was subject to varying forms of censorship; BLACK AND BANNED also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games, where athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos enacted a silent protest for civil rights, and a special event with Tommie Smith in conversation on Tuesday 9 October will commemorate this globally significant event. Running from Saturday 1 September – Tuesday 9 October, BLACK AND BANNED: THE FILMS YOU WEREN’T ALLOWED TO SEE will offer audiences a vital insight into the wide range of films, TV documentaries and dramas by and about the African diaspora that were subject to censorship of some form.


·        SAT 1 SEP, 14:00 – SCREENING + Q&A: Two Gentlemen Sharing (Ted Kotcheff, 1969) / Onstage: actor Esther Anderson, plus director Ted Kotcheff and actor Judy Geeson via Skype

·         TUE 4 SEP, 18:20 – TALK: Black and Banned: Season Introduction

·        THU 6 SEP, 19:00 – TALK: Free Speech ‘Punch Up’!

·        MON 10 SEP, 18:10 – SCREENING + DISCUSSION: Save the Children Fund Film (Ken Loach, 1971)

·      SAT 15 SEP, 13:00 – TALK: Black, British, Banned!

·     SUN 16 SEP, 17:15 – SCREENING + Q&A: Home Again (Sudz Sutherland, 2012) / Onstage: Kunle Olulode, director of Voice4Change and Patrick Vernon, activist and commentator

·     TUE 9 OCT, 18:10 – SCREENING + Q&A: Winnie (Pascale Lamche, 2017) / Onstage: director Pascale Lamche

·     TUE 9 OCT, 20:30 – SCREENING + Q&A: Black Power Salute (BBC, 2008) / Onstage: Athlete Tommie Smith in conversation with Kunle Olulode, director of Voice4Change

The programme is part of BFI Southbank’s ongoing AFRICAN ODYSSEYS series, follows on from the BFI’s major 2016 season BLACK STAR, which sought to champion work by black actors. Titles being screened will include Raoul Peck’s Lumumba (2000), which was censored for revealing details about CIA complicity, Ken Loach’s banned documentary Save the Children Fund Film (1971) which was filmed in the UK, Kenya and Uganda to mark the 50th anniversary of the charity, and The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Ivan Dixon, 1973), the story of a ‘token black’ CIA recruit which was effectively buried by the FBI, who seized and destroyed all but one film print. For more info visit us again here. Alt Africa partners with BFI African Odysseys


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