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Burning Illusions

British Film and Thatcherism

February 12 – May 27, 2023

This film series engages questions of cinematic representations of race, class, and sexuality through examples of moving images rooted in Britain’s contested social and political histories. Titles by filmmakers like Martina Attille and Horace Ové, as well as artist groups like Ceddo Film and Video Workshop and the Berwick Street Collective, all divulge the weight of nationalism and post-colonial experiences before, during, and after Thatcher’s conservative government. Programmed in collaboration with Reece Auguiste, one of the founding members of the Black Audio Film Collective, in conjunction with the exhibition This is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s.

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