This June the programme at BFI Southbank is packed with exciting events and seasons to entice audiences in from a summer’s day on the South Bank.

Following on from the BFI’s landmark BLACK STAR season last year, UNBOUND: VISIONS OF THE BLACK FEMININE, is a Sight & Sound Deep Focus season, showcasing films created by, and about, black women. This season will include the BFI re-release of Julie Dash’s seminal Daughters of the Dust (1991), which has been lovingly restored for its 25th anniversary. With the freedom to reflect their own lives, black women filmmakers pioneered their way to an extraordinary cinematic legacy.

An unbroken line of influence can be traced back from Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade to the imprint left on cinema by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust: a connection highlighting the profound cultural legacy of images created by and about black women. With roots in theatre and activism – and springing from film movements such as the LA Rebellion and the Sankofa Film Collective in the UK – the works in this season are imbued with mesmerising poetic qualities, experimental techniques and a dedication to reflecting the black feminine in all its multitudes.

As conversations about black womanhood dominate culture today, from #BlackGirlMagic to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche declaring ‘we should all be feminists’, Unbound revisits works that have historically been obscured from view, and introduces a new band of pioneers, with stories that are ripe for rediscovery.

The British Blacklist has partnered with the BFI to offer 2-4-1 tickets on all UNBOUND: VISIONS OF THE BLACK FEMININE events.

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See schedule:

Losing Ground + reading of Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? – With shades of Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales, Losing Ground tells of a middle-class woman’s quest for self-discovery.

The equilibrium between sedate professor Sara and her impulsive husband Victor hangs in the balance when Sara embarks on quest of self-discovery. With streaks of cool wit similar to those of Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales, Collins’ groundbreaking work is a stimulating domestic drama that depicts the rarely-seen black middle class. Masterstrokes in visual storytelling hint at an illustrious career sadly cut short by Collins’ untimely death.

Date(s): Friday 02 June 2017 18:10 | Sunday 11 June 2017 20:20

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Reclaiming the Gaze: Shorts Programme + discussion – Join gal-dem magazine for a special season introduction delving into the history, craft and unique visual quality behind images of the black feminine. With early narrative work from Julie Dash, a rich archival documentary about about Stonewall uprising hero Stormé DeLarverie and fearlessly bold work from Ngozi Onwurah, this event uncovers the imprint made by black women filmmakers and will inspire you to explore the rest of our Unbound season.

Date(s): Saturday 03 June 2017 14:30

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The New School: Shorts Programme + discussion – A fine compilation of British shorts, music videos and visual arts documentaries. With a rich mix of short-form work ranging from music video to visual arts documentary, from Solange as cultural titan to potent belief structures and how they (de-)centre women, these shorts brood on profundities large and small. gal-dem will lead a discussion about inspiration and aspiration with a new generation of filmmakers.

Date(s): Saturday 03 June 2017 18:00

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Finding Christa – Eccentric artist-filmmaker Camille Billops’ autobiographical film includes candid interviews, archive footage and musical performance.

Date(s): Sunday 04 June 2017 20:30 | Wednesday 07 June 2017 20:40

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Brick by Brick: Women of the LA Rebellion + intro by Zoe Whitley, Tate Modern – Don’t miss this programme of short films promoting radical black aesthetics, an unflinching feminist sensibility and African iconography.

Date: Friday 09 June 2017 18:15

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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) – The story of Chantel, a precocious Brooklyn teen who’s determined to be more than ‘a girl from around the way.

Cycles  – USA 1989. Dir Zeinabu irene Davis. 17min
A psycho-spiritual journey about youth and fertility created from the film language of the African diaspora and drawing on the images of Yoruba orisha, Caribbean folklore, animation and live action.

Date(s): Monday 12 June 2017 20:40 | Thursday 15 June 2017 20:40

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Pariah (2011) – follows Alike, a promising Brooklyn teen with a flair for poetry, who quietly but firmly embraces her queer identity with the support of best friend Laura – an out lesbian – and the strained understanding of her family.

Date(s): Tuesday 13 June 2017 18:20 | Sunday 18 June 2017 20:20

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*There will be a free Future Film Recommends post-screening discussion hosted by Reel Good Film Club for 16 to 25-year-olds after the Tuesday 13 June screening. Free tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 020 7928 3232.


Passion of Remembrance – Using real and mystical landscapes, Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien create a visual mosaic signifying the black British experience of the 80s and the often-overlooked intersections between race, class, gender and sexuality.

+ Dreaming Rivers (1988). With Corinne Skinner-Carter, Angela Wynter. 30min
Told from the perspective of a dying Caribbean matriarch and her attendants, this film explores the experience of migration, and reflects on the loss of cultural identity that fragments with every passing generation.

Date(s): Saturday 24 June 2017 20:40 | Wednesday 28 June 2017 20:40

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Second Coming + salon discussion – Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall star in this uncanny urban mystery about a miraculous pregnancy.

Date(s): Friday 30 June 2017 20:40 | Thursday 29 June 2017 18:10

*The screening on Thursday 29 June is followed by a free salon discussion in the BFI Reuben Library, hosted by Black Cultural Archives Film Fest.

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Georgia, Georgia (1972)  Maya Angelou wrote and scored the music for this provocative tale of interracial attraction. In a fearless performance, Diana Sands plays sensual black American songstress Georgia, who falls for a white photographer while touring Sweden. Via the intense disapproval of Georgia’s assistant/’hired mother’, Angelou uncovers the pathology of racism while centring on the prodigious yet obscured experiences of black women.

Date(s): Thursday 01 June 2017 20:40 | Sunday 04 June 2017 18:20

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Daughters of the Dust (1991) – Dash’s restored masterpiece tells of three generations of women who grapple with the decision to leave their roots in the Sea Islands, off the coast of South Carolina.

Date(s): 

Friday 02 June 2017 14:30; 18:20;  20:40  | Saturday 03 June 2017 16:00; 18:30; 20:40  | Sunday 04 June 2017 15:50; 17:40; 20:10 | Monday 05 June 2017 14:30; 18:15; 20:45  | Tuesday 06 June 2017 14:30; 18:15; 20:40 | Wednesday 07 June 2017 14:30; 18:40; 20:30 | Thursday 08 June 2017 14:30; 18:15; 20:45 | Friday 09 June 2017 17:50; 20:35  | Saturday 10 June 2017 16:00; 18:15;  20:45 | Sunday 11 June 2017 15:20; 17:45; 20:10 | Monday 12 June 2017 18:15; 20:45  | Tuesday 13 June 2017 18:10; 20:40 | Wednesday 14 June 2017 18:15; 20:50 | Thursday 15 June 2017 18:20; 20:45

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Sisters in Science Fiction – An afternoon of independent shorts and discussion on the themes of Afro-futurism, women, spirituality, activism and media, led by Tony Warner, the director of Black History Walks. Films include:

Ori Inu: In Search of Self (2015) – A black New Yorker confronts her Christian family values to explore the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomble.

The Summer of Gods (2014) Portuguese with EST – A young girl experiences rights of passage that link her to African goddesses.

Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha (2016) – An episode from a black female superhero series which draws on the mythology of the West African orishas.

Cable (2009) – A lone black female astronaut fights an alien takeover.

*Panellists may include Dr Michelle Asantewa, director Nosa Igbinedion, former BBC producer Pam Fraser Solomon and director Chelsea Odufu (via Skype).

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017 14:00

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Eve’s Bayou (1997)  In the Louisiana bayous, where the air is thick with magic and secrets, a young Eve witnesses her father’s infidelity, which changes her family forever. Lemmons and an outstanding intergenerational cast unlock the mysticism of the female experience. This overlooked masterpiece is a deliciously rich Southern Gothic melodrama.

Date(s): Saturday 17 June 2017 20:30 | Wednesday 21 June 2017 20:40

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Welcome II the Terrordome + intro by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff – Defiantly uncompromising throughout, Ngozi Onwurah’s film traces the legacy of slavery in the racial tensions and police brutality of the present, when a sprawling black ghetto known as the Terrordome plunges into chaos following the actions of a grieving mother. Onwurah draws inspiration from mythological slave narratives, Afrofuturism and Greek tragedy.

And Still I Rise (1992). Dir Ngozi Onwurah. 30min – Inspired by Maya Angelou’s poetry, Onwurah explores fears and fascinations about black women.

Date(s): Tuesday 20 June 2017 18:10 | Sunday 25 June 2017 19:50

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Sugar Cane Alley + African Odysseys panel discussion – This coming-of-age story, set in Martinique under French colonial rule, received widespread critical acclaim.

Date(s): Saturday 10 June 2017 14:00 | Thursday 15 June 2017 18:10

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