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October black history month screenings


The University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union, collaborates with Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) to present the sixth Black History Month Film Festival.

The festival features the work of three black filmmakers and will be screened in the Eldon Building, Middle Street, Southsea during October.

The Black History Month Festival will be launched at a drinks reception on 5 October before the screening of Gone Too Far (2013) at 7 pm.

Destiny Ekharaga’s directorial debut feature length film, written by playwright Bola Agbaje, results in a formidable, female talent combination. Backed by the British Film Institute, it is a coming-of age story following two estranged brothers. It is warm and funny, but nonetheless refuses to shy away from the subject of racial tensions and cultural misgivings.

The second film, The Hard Stop (2015) on 12 October 2016 at 7 pm, is a charged and emotional journey, disclosing the story behind the most violent riots in Britain in recent history. The hard-hitting title of the documentary makes reference to the police procedure used against Mark Duggan. In this observational documentary, the director George Amponsah examines the wider implications of the riots and its parallels with civil rights movement Black Lives Matter in America.

The third film, Pressure (1976) to be shown on 19 October at 7 pm, rounds off the Black History Month screenings. Following The Hard Stop, this film gives an engaging insight into seventies Britain and the precursor to Black British filmmaking in the following decade.  It is forty years since its release, but the issues and power relations it portrays are still relevant in contemporary multi-cultural Britain.

The university’s Multicultural Staff Forum chairperson, Maricar Jagger, said ‘it’s great to collaborate with the Portsmouth Film Society to offer a range of films for the Black History Month. Film is a good medium for showcasing versatility and talent of black actors and directors in the UK. We feel honoured that while working with the PFS at a local level, we complements the BFI Black Star season’

Price of entry is £6.00 tickets can be purchased prior to the event on the website or at the box office, Room 1.10 Eldon Building, Middle Street Southsea. A Portsmouth Film Society Season Pass is £20 per season and a three film pass £10.

Both Gone Too Far and Pressure are free to university staff and students, on presentation of ID.

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