Black History Month 2017

IMG_1083Black History Month (BHM) is held every October with the aim of promoting knowledge of black history, culture and heritage, and positive black contributions to British society. In support of BHM the University, in conjunction with the Multicultural Staff Network and Student Union and Portsmouth Film Society, is supporting various activities throughout the Month.

Black History Film Festival 2017 – Free admission to UoP staff and students

Supported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum, the Student Union, and Film Hub South East, comes an exhibitor focused organisation, formed in 2013 as part of the BFI Film Audience Network. Portsmouth Film Society presents its seventh Black History Month Festival season of films. Hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural IndustriesPFS presents the work of four special films in the Eldon Building, throughout October. Staff and students can get free entry to the film screenings by showing your staff or student ID card.

The Portsmouth Black History Month Film Festival will be officially opened by the University of Portsmouth’s Equality Champion, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, on Wednesday the 4th of October at the Eldon Building.

Professor Ahluwalia, says
“I’m delighted to support the festival which seeks to highlight equality issues that are very important to a university like Portsmouth as we strengthen our position in the global market”

All screenings taking place in the Eldon Screening Room (RM 1.10).

HIDDEN FIGURES (2016) – As the United States raced against Russia to put a man into space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Wednesday 4 Oct, 7pm (opening reception begins at 6:30pm)

LOVING (2016) – Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Thursday 12 Oct, 7pm

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016) – Narrated by Samuel. L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work. A radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Medgor Evers. Will also include an introduction talk by Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, London. Wednesday 19 Oct, 7pm

A UNITED KINGDOM (2016) – In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. Their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families, but by the British and South African goverments. Screening includes a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation). Wednesday 25 Oct, 7:30pm

Tickets for this incredible film festival are just £6.00 and can be purchased, on the PFS website or at the box office, Room 1.10 in Eldon Building. A Portsmouth Film Society Season Pass is £20 per season, with a three film passcard costing just £12. There is no need to purchase a ticket if you are a staff member or student, just bring your ID card.

Further updates and information can be found on the PFS website, and you can stay up to date with PFS, at @PompeyFilms on Facebook, and @PortsmouthFilms on Twitter.

You can also call 07854700126 to reach the Portsmouth Film Society, or via the University of Portsmouth events team on 023 9284 3757

UPSU Events

2 Oct 5.00pm – Social mixing event for student societies

20 Oct 6.00pm – Student BAME (Black And Minority Ethnic) Network – An opportunity for students and staff who identify as BAME to come together and network

For further details of these events please contact angel@upsu.net

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