Weekend of Wednesdays: Black Power Mixtape & Panel
For the first time ever Yellow Wednesdays presents a full Weekend Of Wednesdays! Bringing cinematic activism across two full days. Expect everything from ‘fire in the belly’ uprising through to small actions for global change, WOW brings new films and old together with a whole host of special guests to get you feeling excited, uplifted and inspired to create change.
We kick off the first ever Weekend of Wednesdays with a poignant look at social protest in America. Coupled with a discussion on Black Radicalism throughout history, the very first event of the festival looks to be an important reminder of social action historically through to the present day.
Director: Göran Olsson (as Göran Hugo Olsson)
Writer: Göran Olsson (as Göran Hugo Olsson)
Cast: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Bobby Seale
Runtime: 100 minutes
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilises a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement-Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them-the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews.
Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African- American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle — including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles — give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.
This screening will be followed by a discussion led by academic, activist and author Kehinde Andrews who leads the development of the Black Studies degree at Birmingham City University and is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.
Yellow Wednesdays is a monthly film night at Impact Hub Birmingham showing everything from local artists, interesting indies and super social commentaries.
As the golden sunlight from a warm Brummie sunset glistens through the windows of Impact Hub Birmingham, members and guests alike close the lids of laptops and breathe a sigh of relief as another day of world changing activities comes to a close. Meanwhile, a laptop lid is opened, coffee is poured and seats are dragged into a seating arrangement fit for the kings, queens and all those in between, ready to consume another evening of spectacular film programming.
Yellow Wednesdays brings a mix of cinema, from the submissions of local Brummies, through to the more ‘Cannes film festival’ less ‘Odeon multiplex’, captivating stories from all other the world. We aim to bring a rich and diverse programme of films to fill your year, and you can catch it all at Impact Hub Birmingham, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
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