This year Dumfries Trades Union Council has teamed up with the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (RBCFT), the University of Glasgow (Dumfries Campus) and Dumfries & Galloway Multicultural Association to arrange a programme of five films to mark Black History Month in October.
The films, all of which consider some aspect of the Black experience in Britain or British History, are being screened at the RBCFT at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings throughout October, from 2nd to the 30th.
The programme comprises:
Weds 2nd October: Ae Fond Kiss (15) - director: Ken Loach | 104 mins (2003)
A love story set in Glasgow about a young Muslim man and an Irish Catholic woman who encounter strong opposition after beginning an affair.
Weds 9th October: Belle (12A) - director: Amma Asante | 100 minutes (2013)
Historical drama in which the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a British admiral plays an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in England.
Weds 16th October: Pressure (15) - director: Horace Ove | 120 mins (1975)
Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, ‘Pressure’ is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.
Weds 23rd October: Queimada [Burn!] (12) - director: Gillo Pontecorvo | 112 mins (1969)
A British agent is sent to Queimada, a Caribbean island, to instigate a slavery rebellion to break the Portuguese colonial sugar monopoly. Ten years later, the agent is sent back to Queimada to destroy the rebellion he fomented.
Weds 30th October: The Last Tree (15) - director: Shola Amoo | 100 mins (2019)
A British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum, and struggles with an unfamiliar culture and is faced with having to determine the path to his adulthood.
Tickets prices are £7.00 and £3.50 (concessions) and can be booked online at www.rbcft.co.uk