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The Underground Narrative and the evolution of the neo-slave narrative Long before watching Barry Jenkins’ epic ten part series The Underground Railroad, I had made it my mission, as a cinephile and a Black film programmer not to watch or screen neo-slave narratives. I’ve never really understood who the intended audiences of these films are,

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Magical Realism in African Cinema

The Africa in Motion 2020 festival wrapped up with the sumptuous film Air Conditioner, the debut feature by Fradique which followed security guard Matacedo, who travels across the dreamscape of Lunada in search of a remedy for the air conditioners that mysteriously fall from the sky. The audiences are invited to travel with the protagonist

Hypocrisy, fake solidarity and glass ceilings: My perspective working at the William Morris Gallery

“Representation Matters” and “Black Lives Matter” are two phrases that have been commonly used by many cultural institutions in the United Kingdom to pledge their allegiance to change. In a time when they are under pressure to be accountable for representing diverse programming, audiences and staff teams, I write this open letter to stipulate that

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Maybe it’s time…

Before I start, let me just say one thing: Failure hurts. I’m sitting here and as I write this, I’m trying to put together the reasons why this hurts so much, and it’s hard to find an answer. The only real explanation I have is obviously, one that comes from a film reference. Obviously. This