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Your weekend starts: the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival opens today 17 Oct 7pm BST introduced by Sir Lenny Henry CBE

Your weekend starts: the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival opens today 17 Oct 7pm BST introduced by Sir Lenny Henry CBE

Join the first Windrush Caribbean Film Festival for the Opening Night: Alt Africa is pleased to be Programming Lead of the festival this year: the festival has an array of films giving voice to Black British and Caribbean filmmakers and filmmakers whose stories tell the tale of the Windrush generation and their children. Woven into short films and features and panel events the festival includes the Paulette Wilson Award dedicated to the late Windrush activist who was wrongly detained by the Home Office, and who went on to become one of the faces of the Windrush scandal justice campaign. Tonights opening starts with an introduction by Sir Lenny Henry CBE. (Main image: Caribbean Skin, African Identity)


Introduction by Lenny Henry CBE.

Panel hosted by Yvonne Field (Ubele Initiative).


MICROCINEMA PRESENTATION: Paradise Inquest (Onismo Muhlanga, UK, 2020), 2 min

Confirmation of reality is unraveled throughout our version of what Windrush means to us. Immersing entry to a revolution of façade freedom.

Windrush Archival Short: The Great Black British Invasion

Cardiff 1919 Riots Redrawn (Kyle Legall, UK, 2020) 28 min

Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn is a vivid day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of the Cardiff race riots, pieced together from reports in local newspapers, following the dynamic ebb and flow of the rioting.

Visibly Me (Nicola Cross, UK, 2016) 21 min

Visibly me tells the story of a 47-year-old woman with no partner and no children who finds herself invisible and feels she has no choice but to find the antidote.

Caribbean Skin, African Identity (Mandisa Pantin, Trinidad & Tobago, 2012) 40 min

Exploring the evolution of the idea of African identity in the Caribbean against the backdrop of Emancipation Day rituals and parade.

The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival aims to engage and educate audiences on the contributions of the Windrush generation and its impact on the country through screenings, talkbacks and a micro-cinema challenge that will take place in cinemas, schools and community centres across the country.

Due to COVID-19, in 2020, the inaugural edition of WCFF will take place online.

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The six day digital festival of screenings, discussions and master classes aims to celebrate the contributions and impact of the Windrush generation on life in the UK today. The festival is the brainchild of Solomon whose award-winning film HERO, inspired by WW2 and Windrush hero Ulric Cross, toured the UK to critical acclaim in 2019. Its success was the inspiration for this full blown festival.

WCFF is sponsored by Solomon’s Caribbean Tales Media Group , and led by a core team including Garry Stewart of Recognize Black Heritage & Culture, Joy Coker of Alt-Africa  as Lead Programmer, Shiloh PR’s Evadney Campbell and Patricia Hamzahee of Integriti Capital, with support from The Funding Network and Unison.

WCFF is a UK-based Community Interest Company that aims to educate and inform audiences about the impact of the Windrush generation. We believe it’s important to honour their stories and their lives. We deeply appreciate your support of our programs. All donations will go towards supporting our mandate. Black Stories Matter.

WCFF is part of the CaribbeanTales Media Group, that provides technical support and administration for these events. The films are screened courtesy of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

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