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.
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 Industries, PFS presents the work of four special films in the Eldon Building, throughout October.
Last year’s blockbuster Hollywood film, Hidden Figures will open the festival, at a special launch event that will also be attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, and other dignitaries. Hidden Figures recounts the lives of a group of African-American female mathematicians, who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
The next film, Loving, celebrates real-life courage of a couple who challenged the law against inter-racial marriage in 1967 Caroline County, Virginia. This will be screened on the 12th of October.
I am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film, directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and will be shown on the 18th of October, with an introductory talk from Priscilla Igwe, the director of The New Black Film Collective, London.
A United Kingdom, is a film based on a true story of the marriage between Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, to a London office worker, Ruth Williams, which had consequences that went far into the diplomatic relationship between the two countries. This screening will also feature a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation).
A United Kingdom, will be the film that closes the season, following a talk by Selena Carty, founder of Black Poppy Rose, at a free public lecture on the 25th of October to mark the contribution of black soldiers in the world wars. Details of the free lecture can be found on the University of Portsmouth’s events page.
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”
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.
You can also call 07854700126 to reach the Portsmouth Film Society, or via the University of Portsmouth events team on 023 9284 3757