Sun/Mon 10/11 July 10.30am
Discover 1960s British Caribbean heritage on the big screen. Join festival hosts Geff Francis, star of Ashes to Ashes and Charles Thompson MBE, founder of the Screen Nation Awards.£20 for one day pass, £30 for two day pass. To book call 020 7942 1122
Sunday 10 July Earl Cameron CBE – view rare footage of his life in films – he recently starred alongside Nicole Kidman in The Interpreter and Helen Mirren in The Queen.Jemima & Johnny – 1966, in a West London community divided by racism,a white English boy befriends the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Plus audience with Jim Pines, Earl Cameron and guests.
Monday 11 July Generation to Generation: Carnival History Followed by an audience with Clarence Thompson MBE and guests.Looking for Claudia Jones She arrived in Britain in 1955. She produced Britain’s first black newspaper in 1958 and the Notting Hill Carnival in 1959.
Reggae : This film tells the story of ‘The People’s Club’ and the 1970 Caribbean Music Festival. Featuring John Holt, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths, Black Faith, Millie Small, The Maytals, Desmond Dekker and more. Followed by a discussion with Joel Karamath and Horace Ove.
Second UK screening. Directed by Clairemont Chung the film takes a straightforward approach to Rodneys life in Guyana, Jamaica, Tanzania and England. Interviews with Horace Campbell, Robert Hill,Rex Nettleford, Rupert Roopnaraine,Issa Shivji,Haroub Outhman,Amiri Baraka, Manning Marable,Asha Rodney and Donald Rodney among others.It covers Rodney’s political activities in Guyana in the final few years of his life in which he formed the Working People’s Alliance. Rodney was killed on June 13, 1980, when a bomb disguised as a walkie talkie, given to him by Sergeant Gregory Smith of the Guyana Defence Force, exploded.
The ‘Black History Walks’ site advertises a wide range of events and activities that are open to all and include (of course!) walking tours, films, exhibitions, debates and discussions. Contact them at their site for more information!