Second Sight New Commissions: Celebrating the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement + Panel Discussion

5 Dec 2020

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Sat, 05 Dec
17:00 – 19:00

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: Jamie Allan

The programme will be available on a ‘Pay What You Can’ basis – with a range of ticket prices, including a £0 option or £3 per film so you can choose what you can afford from the options.

In association with LUX, the ICO’s 2020 national film tour Second Sight explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement.


The Black Film Workshop Movement developed throughout the 1980s, a pivotal decade in UK culture and society. Against a backdrop of divisive national politics and civil unrest, a series of radical filmmaking collectives sprung up.

Their films explored the Black community’s relationship to Britain’s colonial past; whilst also looking to the Civil Rights movement in America, Black feminism, Pan-Africanism, the struggle of apartheid, and the emergent fields of postcolonial and cultural studies.

 This screening presents 3 newly commissioned works by contemporary film artists Ayo Akingbade, Rehana Zaman and B.O.S.S. Collective inspired by and reflecting upon the works of the Black Film Workshop Movement.

The Second Sight New Commissions screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the legacy of the UK Black Film Workshops and their influence on current filmmakers and collectives. The conversations will focus on collective and collaborative practices and dive deeper into the inspirations behind the Second Sight New Commissions programme.

An ICO touring project in association with LUX,  with support from the BFI Audience Fund and Arts Council England awarding National Lottery funding.

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Jamie Allan

Alice Wilde

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Rehana Zaman

Onyeka Igwe

Black Obsidian Sound System

Ayo Akingbade

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