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Discussion will follow each film over zoom, a great space for discussing your ideas and engaging in productive debate. Alternatively, treat the discussion like a podcast and just sit back to listen to other students’ thoughts. These screenings will be an opportunity for UCL’s student community to engage with ideas regarding racial identity and racism over history as well as the present day.
Blacks Britannica was commissioned by the WGBH in 1978 as part of a series designed to “help Americans take off their special American glasses and see the world through the eyes of others.” The film is comprised of interviews with black Britons across the UK, and the devastating honesty and brutality of the piece led to it being banned in the UK and forced into a re-edit for release in the US due to the Marxist points of view put across by many in the film. It acts both as a celebration of black British culture and a disturbing snapshot of the intense oppression that black communities have faced in Britain.
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