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Monday 24 October 2016

Black British LGBT Classic Comes To Brighton’s Duke of Yorks

The Passion of Remembrance, the 1986 groundbreaking feature film by Isaac Julien & Maureen Blackwood that defined the Black experience in the UK, is to be screened at Brighton's Duke of Yorks. 

Produced by Sankofa, a film cooperative formed in 1983 by black feminist and gay filmmakers, The Passion of Remembrance is a work about racism, sexism, homosexuality, and the generation gap, and their effects on a black British family. 

Writer/directors Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien also use footage from the inner-city riots that swept Britain in 1981 and shots of gay demonstrations to portray the government's harsh attitude toward its minorities.

Paul Jackson, Legacy Film Director, says: "We are delighted to offer the screening of this seminal film The Passion of Remembrance, which was programmed by our team of Black women programmers and curators, and also to be working with Duke of York to present it."

The film has two story lines: one features a black man and woman in a desert landscape, discussing the plight of blacks in the U.K. He is aggressive, she shows restraint. 

The second shows life for the Baptiste family through its personal histories from the 50s to the 80s. 

Issues of race and sexuality arise, fragments of identities surface and suggest the diversity of a black family's experience in Britain. 

The Passion of Remembrance at Duke of Yorks Cinema on Sunday 6th November at 3pm. Tickets priced £15 available by CLICKING HERE 

by: Mike Cobley


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