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Part I: PUBLISHING & ARCHIVING BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM: A two-day screening + workshop event with June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.
January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT
Screening + Panel Discussion with Jan Asante and June Givanni
Part I: Tuesday 23rd January, 6.15 pm
The Black Film Review was an international quarterly journal that highlighted films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora, with a strong focus on independent cinema. Founded by David Nicholson in 1984 in Washington DC, the publication was edited by filmmaker and producer Jacquie Jones who expanded the journal’s coverage on Pan-African film and filmmakers, gaining significant acclaim for the publication with engaging and informed writers and covering Black British filmmakers significantly.
Inspired by the Black Film Review in the US, Givanni and Gaylene Gould co-founded the Black Film Bulletin, a magazine providing space for critical commentary around developments in new Black cinema and Pan African cinema histories. Publication paused in 2000 but BFB returned in 2020 with the aim of revisiting key moments from the archives, exploring current perspectives and casting a critical eye on what the future holds.
Black Film Bulletin is published bi-annually as a supplement in Sight and Sound Magazine. The magazine editors are June Givanni (founder of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive), Jan Asante (THINK Cinematic founder) and Mel Hoyes (Head of Inclusion at BFI).
The aim of the discussion event is to explore the significance publications such as BFR and BFB play in improving representations of Black people that are often not prevalent in media conversations relating to black film and black culture. We will also screen ‘And This Too Shall Pass: Decolonizing Film’ an 11-minute documentary on Black Film Bulletin by June Givanni and Jan Asante.