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Oct 21

#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Community Documentary Launch and discussion

October 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Community Documentary Launch and discussion | Blacknet UK
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What does it mean to be Black and British in modern Britain? First, we will show the documentary produced by Black South West Network in partnership with 8th Sense Media on our Heritage Lottery Funded project #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack that is focused on the relationships between heritage of race, identity, and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol. Then we will engage the BME community on their views of the documentary and where Bristol as a city is headed in terms of racial politics, heritage, and belonging. This event is organised in partnership with Journey to Justice. This discussion will be chaired by writer, historian, programme-curator Dr. Edson Burton, and speakers will include the director of Black South West Network Sado Jirde, director of Voice4Change England Kunle Olulode, the documentary main protagonist Delano Gourmet – Moore, documentary producer Michael Jenkins, founder of Growing Futures Desmond Brown, and Councillor Estella Tincknell.

About the speakers:  

Dr. Edson Burton is a writer, historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol. His academic specialisms include: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA, Cultural continuities between Africa & the New World. Edson has maintained a parallel career as a poet (Seasoned 2008) and writer for theatre and radio.

Kunle Ololude is the director of Vocie4Change England. He has a wealth of experience gained from running policy teams in the voluntary sector and local government. Kunle has keen interest in the arts particularly Black History and Film and was a founder member of the award winning Camden Black History Forum.

Delano Gourmet – Moore is a 24 year old musician currently studying Anthropology & Archeology at the University of Bristol. His developmental journey has seen him running workshops in the Aboriginal communities settled in the Northern Territories of Australia, as well as volunteering as a director of Bristol’s Malcolm X Community Centre. Whilst he is currently focused on his university studies, in his spare time he is involved in several creative endeavours, ranging from informative documentaries to (performing) arts films.

Michael Jenkins is a young film director from Bristol. Michael is the founder of 8th Sense Media production company, their services range from imaginative and cost-effective productions as well as engaging training workshops for people of all ages.

Desmond Brown
Over the past two years Desmond has developed several successful programmes working with vulnerable groups which have been rolled out across Bristol, with more exciting projects to come for Growing Futures in 2015.

Cllr. Estella Tinknell is a Cabinet Member for Equalities, Culture and Events. She is also the Associate Professor in Film and Culture at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at the University of West of England. 

Sado Jirde is the Director of Black South West Network (BSWN), a charity focused on human rights, equality, access to knowledge and socio-economic inclusion within the framework of advocating on behalf of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. Sado has over 10 experience working in the Civil Society sector in the UK & Internal. She was awarded The African Achievers Award in 2015.

We look forward to seeing you at the event, 

BSWN Team 

This event is the last event in the series of three events organised by Black South West Network and Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Please see below details about the two other events hosted before this community launch: 

Race, Gender and the Future of Cities
Friday 20th October 2017, 12.40 – 2.00 pm

This event marks the beginning of a series of events organised or facilitated by Black South West Network as our contribution to the Black History Month and the Festival of the Future City 2017. 

Historically and currently – from the civil rights movement in the US to the contemporary global movements around Black Lives Matter – women of colour have often been at the forefront of campaigns to create more humane and integrated policies and places. The #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project (launched on 19th April 2017 and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund) looks at race in Bristol through the generations, including women of colour. What can this – and historic and global movements for change – teach us about the future of cities? Speakers include: Dr. Madhu KrishnanDr.Sumita MukherjeeAisha Rana-Deshmukh, and Nicole Truesdell

#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Launch and Debate
Friday 20th October 2017, 7.30 – 9.00 pm

#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack – a film and history project by BSWN– looks at the relationships between heritage, race, identity and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol.  Charting the changing nature of BME identity in the city through conversations with BME Bristolians across generations and genders (with the help of trained BME volunteers from the community), the documentary features interviews with members of the community, activists and political leaders. Speakers include: Deputy Mayor Asher CraigAfua HirschMaya GoodfellowOmar Khan, and David Olusoga. 

For more information about these events, other BSWN Events, and for our October Event Brochure, plase visit our website here.