The following films will be screened as part of black screen film festival. The venues and showing times may be found in the 'map' & 'Timetable' sections of this web site. Enjoy!

Black Joy (1975)

Dir. Anthony Simmons

In this ironically titled British culture-clash comedy, a Guyanese youth is under the delusion that life will be easier for him in London. But no sooner does he set foot in England than he gets tangled up in one disaster after another. Starring Norman Beaton and Floella Benjamin.

89 mins Cert 15

Baadasssss! (2003)

Dir. Mario Van Peebles

Baadasssss! is a richly entertaining retelling of the making of his father Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, the legendary 1971 hit which featured the first black ghetto hero in screen history. Embraced by the Black Panthers as a 'revolutionary masterpiece', it sparked the birth of independent black cinema and has been cited as inspiration by directors such as Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino.

108 mins Cert 15

Rize (2004)

Dir. David LaChapelle

RIZE reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that fs exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression.

84 mins Cert PG

Burning an Illusion (1981)

Dir. Menelik Shabazz A coming of age for black British cinema, this sensitive and entertaining love story traces a young black couple's growing political awareness.

105 mins Cert 15

Pressure (1975)

Dir. Horace O've Popularly regarded as the first black British feature ever made, this bold humanist drama deals with the realities faced by Britain's first Caribbean generation.

125 mins Cert 15

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

Dir. Darren Grant

Diary of a Mad Black Woman is Tyler Perry's first big film production based on his stage play he wrote of the same name. This film took the US by storm. It grossed $21.9m in box office receipts in its opening weekend and received nominations for two awards earlier this year.

116mins Cert 15

500 Years Later (2005)

Dir. Owen Alik Shahadah

This award-winning documentary was filmed in five continents and over 20 countries. 500 Years Later engages the authentic, retrospective voice, told from the African vantage point of which history has sought to silence by examining the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland.

106mins Cert 15