Film: Black Film Matters Shorts (BUFF 2018)
Celebrate the work of emerging black filmmakers with this programme of shorts
Celebrate the work of emerging filmmakers with these nine exquisite short films, all written, produced or directed by black filmmakers from the U.K. and abroad.
Bodega! (dir. Donna Augustin & Talibah Lateefah Newman)
An intimate, dramatic, and comedic look at a community facing rapid gentrification. When a newcomer to the neighborhood is disrespectful to two longtime residents, combative interactions between them ensue. This film takes a realistic look at the potential outcomes from people who feel invisible or disregarded in their neighborhood.
Young, Gifted and Grinding (dir. Ndrika Anyika)
A look at innovative black entrepreneurs in Britain who are carving out opportunities for themselves and turning their passion into profit. You’ll meet future titans of the hairy industry, new media, the art world, and publishing, among others.
Colour Blind (dir. Tracy Kiryango)
Racial tension amplified by the Brixton riots in 1981, has sparked a much-needed dialogue between this interracial couple. Lyle is trying his best to avoid any sensitive topics, fearful that his lack knowledge will ruin their relationship, while Kahlea is trying her hardest to deepen their bond by bridging the gap between their two cultures.
The Counter 1960 (dir. Tracy Twinkie Byrd)
Three “woke” black students from 2017 find themselves sitting at a lunch counter in 1960. Will they be served?
Black for a Cause (dir. Stephen Thompson)
Documents one man’s forty-year fight to clear his name following a miscarriage of justice. The story follows Black Power Activist Winston Trew, who served a two-year prison sentence after being falsely convicted of theft, robbery and assault on police officers.
The Riot Act (dir. Oliver Riley-Smith)
Set during the London riots of 2011, after filming a police shooting, an amateur journalist takes to the streets to capture the ensuing protests. When he becomes embroiled with a looter and is attacked by riot policemen, he must decide whether to remain a witness or use his footage to fight back.
The Battle of Lewisham (dir. Nacheal Catnott)A film centred on the Battle of Lewisham and the effect that this memorable event had on the fight for racial equality in Britain.
Rolling in The Deep (dir. Marcellus Cox)
A WW2 black veteran travels back home to South Carolina, finding himself at a locally infamous whites only diner.
Kings (dir. Jamaal Scott)
A short film about healing racial tensions, told from the eyes of a rookie police officer in Oakland, California.