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Film

Handsworth Songs

 
 
Wed, Feb 26, 2014
  • 7:30PM
  • 9PM
 
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RUN TIME: 61min
FORMAT: 16mm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $13
MEMBERS: $8 (Movie Moguls free)
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
 
 
 
 
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Directed by John Akomfrah
“Musters a range of archive material, interviews, and filmed records of the disturbances providing an essay that is as full of subtle, rich and allusive argument as it is devoid of empty didacticism and stridency.”
—Time Out London

One of the BAFC’s defining works, this fascinating free-form documentary mosaic uses the 1985 Handsworth riots—a violent outburst in Birmingham, England, ignited by widespread unemployment and racial tensions—as a jumping-off point to explore race relations in Britain. The film radically juxtaposes sound and image—impressionistically mixing archival video, photographs, interviews, and footage of the riots—to arrive at a powerful, allusive, and deeply personal statement about the black British experience.