Black History Month Events- Beyond Nollywood at BFI Southbank

This year’s Black History month is shaping up to be packed full of amazing events that should keep you not only thoroughly entertained, but also get you firmly back to your roots especially if you’re a lover of Nollywood.

After the success of the ‘City to City’ spotlight on Nollywood at the recently concluded 41st Toronto International Film Festival, Nollywood is set to take centre stage again, this time, at the BFI Southbank in London.

In a line up events curated by Nadia Denton in conjuction with BFI Black Star and African Odysseys, ‘Beyond Nollywood’ will showcase a range of works from both budding and established actors and directors such as Nse Ikpe Etim and Olu Yomi Ososanya over a three day schedule.

The BFI Black Star is an initiative lanched by the British Film Institute to celebrate the contribution of black artists to the industry. BLACK STAR celebrates films that feature black actors in central roles, bringing their work to a new generation of UK audiences and helping to reposition them and their performances in our collective memory. BLACK STAR will be available to audiences everywhere in the UK; in cinemas including BFI Southbank, on BBC Television, on DVD/Blu-ray and online via BFI Player from 17 October – 31 December, with further projects planned to celebrate the contribution of black practitioners working across film and TV in the coming years.

See the line up of events coming up below:

Green White Green: And All the Beautiful Colours in My Mosaic of Madness + Director Q&A + Afrobeats Night with DJ Cuppy
Fri 18th Nov
Uzoma, Segun and Baba have just graduated from secondary school and are on summer break before going to university. They decide to make a movie and in the process embark on rollercoaster ride of self-discovery.
Dir: Abba T Makama

The Nollywood Star – Nse Ikpe-Etim in Conversation
Sun 20th Nov
Nigerian screen queen Nse Ikpe-Etim is one of Nigeria’s most sought-after actresses. Nse reflects on her career and the Nollywood star system in conversation with Nadia Denton.

Waiting for an Angel* Documentary Shorts + Q&A 
Sat 19th Nov
I Believe in Pink
Dir: Victoria Thomas                        
Silent Tears
Dir: Ishaya Bako
The Women of Nollywood: Amaka’s Kin
Dir: Tope Oshin                                  
The Story Within
Dir. Andy Mundy-Castle
A Man Called Dad
Dir: Cherish Oteka
*Novel by Helon Habila

The Gods Are Not to Blame* Narrative Shorts + Q&A
Sat 19th Nov
The Golden Chain
Dir. Buki Bodunrin                      
Mrs. Bolanle Benson
Dir. Sade Adeniran
Dir. Olu Yomi Ososanya

Honey by Olu Yomi Ososanya

Honey by Olu Yomi Ososanya

Dir. Comfort Arthur
No Good Turn
Dir. Udoka Oyeka                         
Dir: Ishaya Bako
Dir: Tope Oshin
A Mother’s Journey
Dir. Sade Adeniran
Meet the Parents
Dir: Lonzo Nzekwe                        
*Novel by Ola Rotimi

Faaji Agba + Director Q&A
Sun 20th Nov
From highlife to juju and afrobeat; Faaji Agba interweaves the history of the music scene of Lagos from the 1940’s to the present day.
Dir. Remi Vaughan-Richards

Tickets go on sale from the 4th of October.

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