Throughout October 2019, Eldon Building will be home to the 9th Black History Month’s Film Festival organised by the Portsmouth Film Society in collaboration with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. All University of Portsmouth students are encouraged to attend, as they have free entry just like with the rest of the society’s screenings.
The programme consists of 6 films from directors such as Idris Elba and Spike Lee, ranging in genres from documentary, crime drama, to family saga. This year’s edition is focused on the festival’s expansion, becoming a staple in Portsmouth’s community as a celebration of the city’s residents from the African-Caribbean diaspora. Multiple guests will be involved, including The Lord Mayor, Councillor David Fuller and Lady Mayoress Mrs Leza Tremorin who will be present at the Launch of Black History Month Film Festival.
Prof. Sherria Hoskins, Diversity Champion and a member of the University of Portsmouth’s Executive Board said
“We’re delighted with our long standing partnership with PFS to deliver on one of our strategic aims to celebrate diversity, both within our university and out in the community.”
The festival will open on Thursday 3rd October at 6:30pm. The ceremony will be followed by the screening of Yardie (2018), on Thursday 3 October 2019, a British crime drama directed by Idris Elba based on the novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley.
There will also be two screenings free to the public for Undercover in the Alt-Right (2018) and Britain on Film: Black Britain (1901-1985). The former is a documentary about living secretly at the heart of the alt-right as a Swedish student, and will be introduced with a talk by Nick Spooner from HOPE not hate. The latter depicts rarely-seen footage of black British life spanning from 1901 to 1985, preceded by an introductory talk by local entrepreneur and author Mbombo Irenee Kayembe.
Dr Lee Sartain, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Portsmouth, will host an introductory talk before BlacKkKlansman (2018), a remarkable film by Spike Lee which uses history to offer sarcastic commentary on current events. Portsmouth South’s MP Stephen Morgan is expected as a festival guest at this screening, as well, and will give a short address before the film. The festival will conclude with Portsmouth Film Society’s Halloween screening of Us (2019), on Thursday 31st October at 7pm.
“As a community organisation, it’s our aim to bring about cultural awareness through the medium of films. We’re pleased to have this great collaboration and I hope this will continue well into the future. We are always proud to show diverse films and we are most grateful for BFI FAN and University of Portsmouth support for Black History Month.” – Aysegul Epengin, PFS founder & director