This presentation takes it cue from a very recent work by young British Nigerian artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade. Street 66 is about Ghanaian housing activist Dora Boatemah and her influence on the regeneration of Angell Town Estate in Brixton. Alongside, Divide and Rule – Never! is a film that has inspired Akingbade’s upcoming work, Dear Babylon. Made in 1978, the film uses lo-fi animation, archive footage and interviews and invites multiple young working-class Londoners, first and second generation Black and Asian immigrants and ex-National Front members to discuss their experiences of racism. Also presented is Black Audio Film Collective’s Handsworth Songs (1986) that was originally commissioned for Channel 4. It blends newsreel, still photos and a sound mosaic, creating an experimental, layered narrative that gives an account of those involved in or observing the 1985 riots. Despite being made at different times, all three films demonstrate the ongoing human need in society for empathy, understanding and standing together.
On Tuesday 20 November there will be a FREE screening and talk at 6pm with artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade and former Newsreel Collective member Joy Chamberlain. Tickets can be reserved here.