Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL: 20 Banned Black Films you need to see: African Odysseys

05 September 2021, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Black and banned

Selection of banned Black films screened by the African Odysseys film programme over the last 15 years with facts, statistics and reasons

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sarah Parker Remond Centre / Black History Walks

This is an online event. Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes before the start by Black History Walks.

This event is organised by Black History Walks in collaboration with UCL's Sarah Parker Remond Centre

The African Odysseys film programme has been screening fantastic Black films once a month with Q&A's since 2007. It is the only such programme in the country and was initiated and maintained by community activists.

Some of the films we have shown have been literally banned and this presentation will go through 20 of them explaining what these films were about, why they were banned and the current methods of suppressing Black films that challenge Hollywood stereotypes. We will cover:

  • Government agencies and their role in suppressing independent movie production
  • How to ban a film without appearing to ban it
  • ‘We don’t want a full house of black people even if it will make us money’ with proof
  • Where to access great African/Caribbean films
  • African Odysseys at the BFI Black and Banned season 2018
  • New platforms for viewing positive Black content

Note: This event precedes and previews the 15 Years of African Odysseys course starting in 2022. Please send any queries to events@blackhistorywalks.co.uk