Black Film Bulletin Presents: The Gaze

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From 25-27 January, the Black Film Bulletin presents The Gaze on the Cinema of Ideas, a collection of short films by trailblazing British filmmakers from the African-Caribbean diaspora, curated by the editors of Black Film Bulletin magazine (BFB). The Gaze collection is presented alongside And This Too Shall Pass: Decolonizing Film - a video essay revisiting the early history of the Black Film Bulletin - and a live Q&A with founding editor of the Black Film Bulletin Dr June Givanni and writer Jennifer G. Robinson at 6:30pm on Wednesday 26 January.

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Watch Coffee Coloured Children (dir. Ngozi Onwurah)

Watch Concrete Garden (dir. Alrick Riley)

Watch Dreaming Rivers (dir. Martina Attille)

Watch the live online Q&A, 6:30-7:30pm, Wednesday 26 January

The Gaze


A collection of short films by trailblazing British filmmakers from the African-Caribbean diaspora, curated by the editors of Black Film Bulletin magazine. Memory, migration, and the complexities of navigating both heritage and homeland take centre stage in landmark works by Martina Attille (Dreaming Rivers), Ngozi Onwurah (Coffee Coloured Children) and Alrick Riley (Concrete Garden). 

The Gaze collection is presented alongside And This Too Shall Pass: Decolonizing Film - a video essay revisiting the early history of the Black Film Bulletin, produced by BFB founding editor Dr June Givanni and Jan Asante, and commissioned by Peltz Gallery at Birkbeck, University Of London. Dr June Givanni, founder of June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, voices an extended introduction to the BFB’s 2021 revival in Sight and Sound, produced by the British Film Institute.


'Black Film Bulletin created a space through which to engage the works of pioneering and emergent Black filmmakers, writers and intellectuals. In its pages were the voices of Oscar Micheaux, Ousmane Sembène, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Haile Gerima, Sir Horace Ové, Euzhan Palcy, Raoul Peck, Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, Spike Lee, Arthur Jafa, John Singleton, Kasi Lemmons, John Akomfrah, Ngozi Onwurah, Nadine Marsh-Edwards, Isaac Julien, Gurinder Chadha, Pratibha Parmar, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, Toni Cade Bambara, bell hooks, Kwesi Owusu, Nii Kwate Owoo, Maureen Blackwood, Martina Judah Attille, Alrick Riley, Munni Kabir, Trix Worrell and so many more.’ Reflecting memory, Movements and the promise of the Black cinematic future, Black Film Bulletin connected otherwise dispersed voices of an expansive African Diaspora.'

THINK Cinematic


With the BFB's revival coming nearly three decades since its debut at the BFI, new editors Jan Asante and Melanie Hoyes join founder Dr June Givanni for the BFB's next chapter; reaffirming its mission in a promising new era of digital and streaming.


©The BFB Editors (@BLKfilmbulletin)

Dr June Givanni. Jan Asante. Melanie Hoyes.


Additional BFB media

Black Film Bulletin Collection at BFI | Sight & Sound

BFB: An Oral History | Sight & Sound


Black Film Bulletin Series | In Conversation with the ICO

Part 1: Interconnectivity

Part 2: Spotlight On Black Talent

Part 3: Future Vision


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