Black History Month screenings at the University of Portsmouth

Black History Month screenings start this evening at the University of Portsmouth.

Here is the full programme.

Location: Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth (hosted by Portsmouth Film Society)


Wednesday, 5 October, 7pm
GONE BY TOO FAR (2013), UK  88min

(opening film event- supported by UoP and staff Multicultural Network) pre-drinks reception at 6.30pm

When London teenager Yemi’s big brother comes to live with him from Nigeria, Ikudayisi’s terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already small amount of street cred. When the pair are forced to spend the day together on their Peckham estate Yemi is forced to confront local bullies, the unattainable girl of his dreams and his own African heritage, eventually teaching both of them the values of family and self-respect.


Wednesday, 12th October, 7pm
THE HARD STOP (2016), 85min  UK – Documentary

“The Hard Stop” is an intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all the press coverage, of Mark Duggan’s friends and family following his death. He was shot and killed in a Hard Stop police procedure in 2011, sparking the most violent riots in recent British history.


Wednesday, 19th October
PRESSURE  (1976) UK, 120 min
(Supported by UoP and Student Union)

As London school-leaver Tony attempts to secure employment, he becomes entangled in boiling cultural tensions between the white establishment and his Jamaican background. Still the seminal portrait of the pressures faced by immigrants in Britain, this remains a caustic denouncement of institutional racism. Raw performances and confrontational politics power the first British film made by a black director … do not miss out.

Short series of Screenings/Events to mark the 50th anniversary of 1966 Dakar Festival


As part of Black History Month, Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling) will be organising a short series of events/screenings, over the next few weeks, marking the 50th anniversary of the First World Festival of Negro Arts, held in Dakar in 1966.

On 14 October, ‘Dakar 66: Fifty Years on’, at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, will feature 2 documentary films on the festival, accompanied by a panel discussion featuring David Murphy (Stirling), Ruth Bush (Bristol) and Alan Rice (UCLAN):

On 28 October, a symposium, ‘Havana-Dakar 1966: Capitals of an artistic and political revolution’, will be held at the University of Edinburgh. It will feature screenings of two documentary films on the 1966 festival:

Finally, on 30 October, the Africa in Motion Film Festival will screen documentaries on the ‘Zaïre 74’ Festival (held in conjunction with the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight between Ali and Foreman) and the 1966 festival: