Voice4change England, in partnership with BFI Southbank: Black & Banned Films

This Autumn, BFI Southbank will showcase Black movies that were censored and denied exposure. This censorship has been imposed by governments, but also by the film industry, as the contents of the movies were considered too subversive.  Voice4Change England will be a partner in four of the discussions linked to these movies and the questions surrounding free speech.  

Tuesday 4th September: Season introduction – 18:20 

Join season programmer David Somerset and Voice4Change’s Kunle Olulode for a lavishly illustrated intro to this groundbreaking season. The talk will consider the wider challenge of programming such a season, as well as its origins in the BFI’s unique African Odysseys film strand – now in its 11th year – which is programmed in conjunction with the African and African-Caribbean community of London.  Tickets £6.50

Thursday 6th September: Free speech “Punch Up!” Debate in partnership with Index on Censorship –19:00 

Is free speech a way to promote unheard and under-represented voices and perspectives, or is it a tool wielded by extremists and right-wing supremacists? Join some of today’s freshest voices as they present various positions in this lively discussion tackling taboos, censorship and some of the thorny, nuanced issues surrounding free speech, moderated by Kunle Olulode, director of Voice4Change.

This is a free event, but due to popularity all attendees are required to book in advance

Sunday 16th September: Home again + Q&A with Kunle Olulode and Patrick Vernon – 17:15 

Set in Kingston Jamaica, this timely drama tells the story of three young people who grew up in Toronto, New York and London respectively but are deported ‘home’ to Jamaica as a result of their immigration status. Being found guilty of minor crimes, they are deported to a country they have no memory of.

‘Home Again’ is a good illustration of what happened to the Windrush Generation: people living their entire life in the UK are being deported to countries they left as children, in which they have no connections.

The movie will be followed by a discussion with Patrick Vernon, an activist who fought for Justice for the children of the Windrush generation.


Tuesday 9 October: Black power salute + conversation with Tommie Smith – 20:30 

Ex-athlete Tommie Smith joins us to discuss the impact of his iconic black-gloved salute on the 50th anniversary of the protest.

This is the story behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century; of American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, holding up a black-gloved salute in a silent protest for civil rights. The documentary, directed by Geoff Small and narrated by Colin Salmon, asks what inspired them to make this courageous gesture, why it carried such a powerful message, and what happened afterwards.

Tickets on sale on the BFI website