Current Time and Space artist-in-residence Beverley Bennett curates an evening of short films looking at the experiences of women of colour.
Including ‘A Tribute To Black Women, They Don’t Get a Chance’ and her own film ‘Amine’, among others.
‘F Word’ (2016) dir. Savanna Leaf
F Word is a self-funded, short-film reflecting on the feelings of a young adult addressing her biological father who abandoned her. Taking us on a journey across South London, we’re shown the affects of a distant father on a receptive, young woman as she confronts seemingly inescapable and uncontrollable conflicts in an honest portrayal of self-discovery.
‘Cedar Wood and Silk’ (1995) dir. Jillian Li-Sue
“There are some things that mothers and daughters share, but there are also many secrets that they keep.” Cedar Wood & Silk is about handing things down from one generation to another. It’s about the perspectives Jamaican mothers have of their British-born daughters and vice versa and the battles they have with clothes. Fashion has a lot to answer for.
‘A Tribute to Black Women, (They Don’t Get a Chance)’ (1986) dir. A.Carney, B. Phillips
‘How many famous Black women can you name who aren’t either sportswomen or entertainers’ Mostly the folks of Liverpool draw a blank – making the point that too little is known or taught about Black women. Using lively vox pops and interviews, the tape investigates why this is so, pointing to inadequate media representation and bias in the education system which Black women have to overcome to uncover their own history. By focusing on the careers of two women seldom mentioned in school history books – Harriet Tubman and Mary Seacole – the film begins to redress the balance.
‘Dreaming Rivers’ (1988) dir. Martine Attille
A bittersweet and nostalgic short drama illustrating the spirit of modern families touched by the experience of migration. Miss T., from the Caribbean, lives alone in her one-room apartment, her children and husband having left her to pursue new dreams. When she dies her family and friends gather at her wake. The tapestry of words that interweave the drama convey the fragments of a life lived, but only partly remembered.
‘Amine’ (2017) dir. Beverley Bennett
A tapestry of voices reveals the multi-faceted complexities and experiences of what it is to be a black woman in the UK today.