This month we are hosting two #YellowWednesdays screenings!
The first is musician and activist Pravini Baboeram’s “The Uprising”.
The Uprising is a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe. With commentary and experiences from academics and activists, Pravini offers a decolonial perspective on the anti-racism movement in the Netherlands, UK and France. She not only provides an analysis of the history and legacy of colonialism, but also a vision on strategy for the future of the movement.
Length: 93 mins
Producer & Director: Pravini Baboeram
This documentary zooms in on collective challenges of communities of color. In 9 self-written songs Pravini connects the fight against Blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes that the Netherlands has committed in Indonesia, the fight for the liberation of Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. “The Uprising” offers a unique view of the resistance against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of color.
The film’s producer and director Pravini Baboeram will be joined by Birmingham activist Sham Murad for a post screening panel discussion.
Tickets are free for members of Impact Hub Birmingham and £5 a ticket for non members. We also have a 2 tickets for £6 offer for students. All tickets can be booked here via Eventbrite.
The film has contributions from:
Jessica de Abreu, Stop Blackface (The Netherlands)
Hatem Bazian, Professor of Islamic Law and Theology, Zaytuna College/UC Berkeley (USA)
Houria Bouteldja, Parti des Indigènes de la République (France)
Chaima Demnate, Students for Justice in Palestine (The Netherlands)
Ramón Grosfoguel, Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Berkeley (USA)
Roberto D. Hernández, Associate professor Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University (USA)
Sandew Hira, Decolonial International Network (The Netherlands)
Raza Kazim, Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK)
Tunahan Kuzu, DENK (The Netherlands)
Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK)
Selim Nadi, Parti des Indigènes de la République (France)
Jeffry Pondaag, Committee of Dutch Debts of Honour (The Netherlands)
Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley (USA)
More about Pravini Baboeram:
Pravini is an artist and activist, creating art to contribute to social change. As an independent artist she has set up her own label Pravini Productions, that has produced 5 albums, 6 singles and 5 international tours. She is co-founder of action committee Holi is not a Houseparty, a campaign against cultural appropriation of the Hindu spring festival Holi, and initiator of the Antiracism Voting Guide. In addition, she led the campaign Tetary Must Rise, a crowdfunding campaign for the replacement of the statue of colonizer Barnet Lyon by the Hindustani warrior of resistance Janey Tetary. Pravini also set up Indian History Month to celebrate stories and contributions of people from the Indian diaspora.
Sham Murad: Having recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Law and Bachelor’s degree in IR, Baghdad born Sham Murad currently facilitates a left-wing book club based in Birmingham. As well as this, she also teaches Arabic and English to fellow refugees at her local community centre. Her dissertation on mass incarceration in the U.S. and neoliberal shock reforms in Iraq has gained recent traction. You can follow Sham on Twitter here and Instagram here.
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 Brummie individuals and companies, 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, keep an eye out on the website for forthcoming films.
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