Part of the UCL Urban Laboratory series City, Essay, Film this screening showcases the landmark Handsworth Songs by the Black Audio Film Collective, a richly-layered inquiry into the hopes and dreams of post-war Black British people in the light of civil disturbances in the 1980s.
It will be accompanied by another short film that takes us deep into a neighbourhood that has long been associated with the Black experience in the United Kingdom (Brixton) posing questions around identity, justice and community.
The films in this programme include:
Handsworth Songs (dir. John Akomfrah, 1987)
A richly-layered documentary representing the hopes and dreams of post-war black British people in the light of civil disturbances of the 1980s.
Street 66 (dir. Ayo Akingbade, 2018)
Documenting Ghanaian housing activist Dora Boatemah and the Angell Town community in Brixton fighting for better housing conditions.