Film: Black Russians

24 May

UK Premier! This doc explores the lives of Russians of African descent

Dir: Kara Lynch, Documentary, US | Russia, 2001, 116mins

Black Russians is a feature length documentary that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians aged 10 to 65, many of them born and raised in Soviet Russia.

Their experiences chronicle two ideological currents that have shaped major international events in the twentieth century: race and communism. Intimate interviews with a poet, a film producer, a reggae artist, a businessman and others, all black and all Russian, guide us through this story of promise and non-discrimination.

Archive images reveal rarely seen footage of black political leaders in the Soviet Union, like Paul Robeson, Kwame Nkrumah and Angela Davis.

More than a decade after the ‘fall of communism’ a new Russia struggles to steady itself in the wave of nationalism from within and the pressures of global capitalism from without. Black Russians constructs a deeply personal account of the effects of political issues such as migration, identity and loss on a minority community in the vast remains of the Soviet Union.


Black Europe on Film

Black Europe on Film is a programme of screenings curated by Black History Studies in partnership with the Bernie Grant Arts Centre celebrating the history and contributions of African people in Europe where their presence is significant but little known. The film festival will feature a selection of documentaries that document, examine and discuss stories from various parts of Europe and each session will end with an engaging post film discussion with audience members.

Tickets: £8 early bird and £10 on the door

Thursday, 24th of May @ 7:00pm Book now