Film Series : Conversations at the Edge Spring 2017

The Passion of Remembrance

1986, Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, United Kingdom, 80 min

Show Times

  • Thu, Mar 9th 6:00pm

The Sankofa Film and Video Collective was part of a wave of politically-minded Black independent filmmakers who emerged in London in the 1980s, during an era of increasing social conservatism and racial unrest. The group’s acclaimed first feature, codirected by members Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, is a prismatic look at gender, race, sexuality, and generational conflict. Interwoven with footage of England’s inner-city riots of the early 1980s, the film is comprised of two main storylines: one features a dialogue between an allegorical Black Man and Black Woman, and the other follows the everyday experiences of the Baptiste family from the 1950s through the 1980s. A rich and complex work whose reflections reverberate today. 16mm. (Amy Beste)