Portsmouth Film Society will unveil Portsmouth’s first Black History Month Film Festival on Thursday 8th October at the University of Portsmouth.
The Film Festival is a collaboration with the University and will be launched by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith. Over the years Portsmouth Film Society (P.F.S.) has built a reputation for showing the best in world cinema, documentary, independent film, animation and classic movies. P.F.S. has also created many screening opportunities, whether they are indoors or outdoors, using the moving image to bring the enjoyment of cinema to the wider community.
Fresh from their successful L.G.B.T. Film Festival in February and Sunset open-air screenings in summer time, P.F.S. once again uses film to bring awareness of world issues. P.F.S. Director Aysegul Epengin said “Given the current interest in refugees and immigration, it is interesting to use film to remember the journey of the African people and to celebrate human victories over adversity. I’m pleased we can use film as a force for good and we hope to reach new audiences who are not capable come to Portsmouth Film Society’s events before”. Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
Films to be shown, with talks, are:
Selma (US 2014) Cert 12A – Thursday, 8 October, launch reception, screening 7pm with an opening talk from the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.
The Help (US 2011) Cert 12A –Thursday, 15 October, 7pm Tunde Bright-Davies from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation) will give a talk on the origins of Black History Month
Timbuktu (France/Mauritania 2014) Cert 12A –Thursday, 22 October, 7pm Supported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum. P.F.S. will run a mini quiz before the film show.
Dear White People (US 2015) Cert 15 –Thursday, 29 October, 7pm
Suported by the University of Portsmouth Student Union, the festival will close with a panel organised by the Multicultural Staff Forum at the University of Portsmouth. There will also be a public lecture by Piet Van Niekirk, journalist and editor of bSpirit magazine:
From apartheid to democracy – a media perspective
The last decade of the apartheid regime in South Africa was characterised not only by violence, but also by strict state control of the media. Working as a political correspondent during this turbulent time, Piet van Niekerk bore witness – and some wounds – to this transition, which has been described as a miracle.
Date: Wednesday 28 October 2015
Time: 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH
Admission to the lecture is free, but please reserve your place on Eventbrite
The festival is supported by the Multicultural Staff Forum at the University of Portsmouth, PRENO ( Portsmouth Racial Equality Network), BFI’s Film Audience Network and Film Hub South East.