15 Sep Injustice Director Ken Faro Talks To Kunle Olulode About His Film
Screening as part of African Odyssey’s programme INJUSTICE, we revisit the pioneering investigative campaign film which gave the season its name. In 2014 BFI Southbank hosted director/producer Ken Fero, early champion of the film Peter Bradshaw and exhibitor and activist Kunle Olulode, to discuss the urgency of INJUSTICE and the struggle for justice by families of those who have died in police custody. This was following an attempted ban from the Police Federation in 2001 along with extensive challenges in bringing the film to audiences over the years. Almost two decades after the film’s release, we reunite the original panel to discuss the film’s enduring power and increasing relevance in 2020. Watch the video by clicking onto the image above or go to Youtube
INJUSTICE screens at BFI Southbank on 5th and 28th of September, and is available to view online via Migrant Media: https://vimeo.com/34633260
AFRICAN ODYSSEYS PRESENTS: INJUSTICE will feature 8 titles including MANGROVE NINE (Franco Rosso, John La Rose, 1973), a rarely seen documentary about the 1970 Black Power
march in Notting Hill against police harassment; independent community documentary THE PEOPLE’S ACCOUNT (Ceddo Film and Video Workshop/Milton Bryan, 1985) about the Broadwater Farm uprising; and George Amponsah’s BAFTA nominated THE HARD STOP (George Amponsah, 2015) which relates to Mark Duggan’s death in 2011. There will also be a focus on the work of Migrant Media, a collective of radical filmmakers whose work includes films such as INJUSTICE (Ken Fero, Tariq Mehmood, 2001), WHO POLICES THE POLICE? (Ken Fero, 2012) and BRITAIN’S BLACK LEGACY (Mogniss Abdallah, Ken Fero, 1991). There will also be a look at international features from Australia and Brazil, which will add additional context around the global nature of the recent anti-racism protests.
Now in its 14th year, BFI African Odysseys programme monthly events at BFI Southbank, as well as larger seasons and celebrations of work by and about the African diaspora, and the vast majority of the films in this season have been screened by BFI African Odysseys in the past. Screening them anew in 2020, during a time where renewed calls for action against racism have reignited movements the world over and galvanized a new generation of activists, underlines the long-term activism that programmers, filmmakers and communities have championed.
BFI Southbank African Odysseys Steering Committee members and spokespeople for the programme Tony Warner (founder of Black History Walks) and Kunle Olulode (Director, Voices4Change) said: “Utilising the expertise of community activists, the African Odysseys programme has long dealt with the subject of police brutality and institutional racism. The reaction to the murder of George Floyd has catapulted these issues back into the mainstream agenda. However, the UK is not ‘innocent’, and independently produced civil rights films from Ceddo and Migrant Media (featured in this season) were routinely banned. For these reasons we revisit the Black British struggle for human and civil rights and link it with the international fight against racial injustice, with titles from as further afield as Australia and Brazil.”
Tickets for screenings in AFRICAN ODYSSEYS PRESENTS: INJUSTICE are on sale at BFI website