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'Big City Stories'


Curated by; June Givanni/ Imruh Bakari

'Big City Stories' follows the London's African-Caribbean population through the last century: their changing lives and perceptions as they established their place among London's diverse cultures and communities. The selection includes images of London's black citizens from the very earliest years of cinema, alongside personal perspectives embodied in home movies, footage of key historical moments and fictional representations of Black London's stories. For a full breakdown of titles and footage visit


The programme draws on a wide range of collections - including the private collections of black filmmakers - to reveal a new narrative about life in an expanding and ever-changing metropolis. It demonstrates the shifting and often contrasting perceptions of various sectors of British society at key moments, such as during WWII and in the post-Windrush 1950s, and in iconic areas for London's black presence, such as Brixton and Notting Hill.


Curated by June Givanni and Imruh Bakari the final selections ranged from 1920s footage of Cosmopolitan London to the recently rediscovered 1970s curio 'Death May Be Your Santa Claus', extracts screen alongside a wide variety of archive footage sourced from across the capital.


Hove Town Hall

Norton Road



82mins in Length

screened afternoon of

BHM final celebration






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'Pressure', Horace Ove


'West Indies Calling' 1944


BRIGHTON 30 October 2011