Who We Are – 2021

Who We Are – The New Experience from We Are Parable.

Who We Are is supported by the BFI and National Lottery.

A long term, nationwide programme of events and screenings designed to celebrate Black Cinema from around the world. This is Who We Are. 

By partnering with independent cinemas up and down the country and supported by the BFI Audience Fund, through the National Lottery, We Are Parable intend to bring you finding a cinematic experience like no other. Through screenings, performances, conversations and much more, we will provide audiences in 8 major UK cities with the opportunity to experience and respond to Black Cinema in culturally relevant ways. 

A nationwide initiative that will celebrate Black Cinema from around the world.

Who We Are: Confirmed Events

Who We Are: Launch Event: Breathe + Q and A with Mo Ali and Kyla Frye 23rd April, 7pm

Join us for an exclusive screening of Director Mo Ali’s new film “Breathe”, made during the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. 

We Are Parable Co-founders Teanne and Anthony Andrews will also be in conversation with Director Mo Ali and Producer Kyla Frye about the making of Breathe during a pandemic, as well as what advice they can offer to creatives who are producing work in challenging conditions. 

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Who We Are: Stationary Peaceful Protest + Q+A and performance with musician and composer Xhosa Cole and performance from Xhosa Cole 25th April – 7pm

In the summer of 2020, jazz musician and composer Xhosa Cole attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Birmingham city centre. The resulting experience left a profound mark, and inspired him to pen a monologue about his thoughts on his own personal experience of the occasion. Intertwining his own music into a recording of the monologue, he then collaborated with Birmingham-based animator Shiyi Li – the two of them then worked together to produce a beguiling, free-flowing, and absorbing short film which is both powerful and evocative.

For this special event, presented by We Are Parable and Flatpack Projects (and part of “Who We Are”, We Are Parable’s long term nationwide season of Black Cinema), Xhosa will be in discussion with Anthony Andrews (co-founder of We Are Parable), and will delve into his experience making the work. After the film and the discussion, Xhosa will perform “George F on my mind” one of his own compositions on the saxophone. 

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Who We Are x The Drive In: Judas and The Black Messiah + Spoken Word, 26th April, 9.30pm

Troubadour Meridian Water, Harbet Road, London N18 3QQ

We Are Parable and The Drive In are proud to announce a special screening of Judas and The Black Messiah featuring live spoken word poetry on Monday 26th April at 9.30pm.

Join us as we show this BAFTA winning film on the big screen. Four poets have been commissioned by We Are Parable to create performances based on the themes of the film and will perform in front of stunning imagery  – an experience that you won’t get anywhere else.

This screening is part of We Are Parable’s new, nationwide season celebrating Black Cinema called “Who We Are”, supported by the British Film Institute and The National Lottery.

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