Black Film Collectives: Then and Now exhibition
Image: Dreaming Rivers, 1988. Dir: Martine Attille. LUX.
Black Film Collectives: Then and Now
Curated by Anthony Andrews of We Are Parable in partnership with LUX, BFI and The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive 



This exhibition celebrated Black History Season at Swiss Cottage Gallery from 5 Oct - 19 Nov 2020. You can scroll down and click through to see the exhibition here.
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About the exhibition
This exhibition documents the lineage and impact Black Film Collectives had by displaying some of the work that was produced, as well as the archived materials that supported the release of the films. We do not have the space or indeed, time, to truly delve into the wider impact this work has had on future generations of Black filmmakers, but my hope is that this exhibition is viewed as a condensed introduction to films that have significantly contributed to the canon of Black British Cinema.

Since co-founding We Are Parable in 2013, I have been interested in learning more about the history of Black British Film, especially from the 70s and 80s and curating this exhibition has shown me how the themes raised in seminal work such as “Handsworth Songs”, “Territories”  and “Dreaming Rivers” are still as prevalent as they have always been.


Anthony Andrews, Curator 

September 2020
Image: from The People’s Account, 1985 by Milton Bryan
Click here to read Anthony’s words about Black film collectives of the 1980s and 90s.

Image: from The People’s Account, 1985 by Milton Bryan
Image: poster from collection of June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive
Click here to see what was in the exhibition

Image: poster from collection of June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive