The season will pair classic pan-African features such as Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973) and Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène, 1966) with their daring short-form offspring made by some of the most exciting visual artists working today, including Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki), Cecile Emeke (Ackee & Saltfish) and Khalil Joseph (Beyoncé: Lemonade). NO DIRECT FLIGHT will also include a pioneering Global Meet Up, during which BFI Southbank will, with the help of global partners such as Black Star Festival in the US, virtually connect with speakers from across the African diaspora, from London and Bristol to Nairobi and Philadelphia. Completing the line-up of seasons in August is NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS, the conclusion of a two month exploration of explosive, transformative and challenging cinema and TV made from 1989-1999. Part two of the season will feature
Q&As and introductions from special guests include:
Isaac Julien (Young Soul Rebels), Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk) and Amy Jenkins (This Life).