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Film Programs
Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films
Handsworth Songs followed by Twilight City

December 2 at 3:30
East Building Auditorium
Introduced by Reece Auguiste, University of Colorado Boulder
cofounder of Black Audio Film Collective

Handsworth Songs investigates the civil disturbances of September and October 1985 in the Birmingham district of Handsworth and in the urban centers of London as symptoms of ongoing racism in British society. Winner of numerous awards, including the British Film Institute’s prestigious John Grierson Award for Social Documentary, this film essay marked a turning point for the Black Audio Film Collective and influenced nonfiction storytelling approaches internationally. (1986, 59 minutes) Twilight City develops a deft portrait of London during the Thatcher era through powerful archival footage and stories of social and economic injustice. (1989, 52 minutes) (Total running time 111 minutes) Presented in association with Films Across Borders

image from Handsworth Songs
courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery

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