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Black Futures Month | Black Cultural Archives Film Festival 2019

The Black Cultural Archive Film Festival (#BCAFest2019) will run over 4 days throughout October during this Black History Month.

#BCAFest2019 launches with a filmmaking masterclass at BCA on Sunday 6 October with Frances-Anne Solomon, the award winning director of the inspirational film HERO. Solomon will be conversation with film producer/educator Juliet Alexander, talkings bout the filmmaking process. This is a chance for budding filmmakers to learn how to bring a vision to the screen, particularly when telling a story using historical footage for a modern audience as well as the funding and marketing a film requires.

During the month, #BCAFest2019 will screen a mix of feature films and shorts focused on films from the past that celebrate Black British history and heritage. Screenings will take place at the Genesis cinema in east London on the 13th October and the Prince Charles cinema in central London on the 14th October.

Films to be screened include:

Jemima + Johnny (1966) 30 mins Film

Directed by Lionel Ngakane an ANC member exiled to London – this touching, half-hour long film about the friendship between a young white boy and black girl in the 1960s is a masterclass in brisk, fluid storytelling.

Black Joy (1977)

Directed by Anthony Simmons, based on Jamal Ali’s acclaimed stage play, Dark Days and Light Nights, Black Joy tells the story of an naive Guyanese immigrant who learns about life on the streets of Brixton.

The BCA festival will end with a screening of HERO on the 27th of October at the Ritzy in Brixton. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Colourful Radio.

The complete BCAFest programme, including screening times and post screening Q&As, will announced soon on the BCA website and social pages. Tickets will be available via Eventbrite and directly at the cinemas.

To find out more about the festival, email festival curator Joy at

The Black Cultural Archives Film Festival 2019 is part of BCA’s Black Futures Month

Earlier Event: October 4
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