Workshops and Film Screenings
WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Otto Gumaelius will be giving FREE African Marimba workshops throughout the day!
Otto Gumaelius is a London based, Botswana raised, percussionist specialising in the Kwanongoma marimba of southern Africa. He writes and performs, and teaches music from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.Otto grew up playing the marimba in Botswana and continued to do so after moving to Europe in 2003. He has worked with an array of bands and performing arts companies since, and has performed widely around Europe, southern Africa and the United States of America.
In 2016, Otto decided to set up his marimba performance and teaching business which focuses on sharing the folk music traditions of southern Africa through cultural performances and workshops using the marimba of southern Africa. Otto offers marimba packages to schools, companies and cultural organisations and his workshops are particularly relevant for diversity days and Black History Month programmes.
UK PREMIERE: Meltrek Episode 2: Exploring The Pre-Columbian Americas' (2017)
'Meltrek Episode 2: Exploring The Pre-Columbian Americas' is the second episode of the Meltrek series. Join Bunchie, Percy, Michelle, Jessie and Chen as they travel back in time to explore the pre-Columbian Americas. During their journey, they learn about several aboriginal cultures, defining structures, and nations who arrived in the Americas prior to Christopher Columbus.
UK PREMIERE: 'Madame C.J. Walker: Two Dollars and a Dream (1987) by Stanley Nelson
A documentary which focuses on Madame C.J. Walker, a Black woman who, in 1910, made a small investment in a company specialising in Black hair and skin care products and realised a dream that made her one of America's first self-made millionairess. The program also documents the life of her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, Black America's patron of the Harlem Renaissance. Included are interviews with the Walkers' friends and coworkers and a collection of stills, film, and music from the period.
'How to Win the Money Game' by Daryl Harper, Financial Educator
Money and Finance is a subject that many people are either never taught in school, they don't understand or, more often than not, they shy away from. This lack of knowledge and financial illiteracy has left many people struggling to get out of the rat race- the monotony of just surviving and living from pay cheque to pay cheque.
This is your opportunity to learn some simple steps that can impact and change your life dramatically. It's time to learn how to win the money game, protect your family, get your money to work as hard for you as you work for it, accelerate your mortgage, pay consumer debts off faster, save, make and get better value for your money and position yourself for a comfortable retirement.
Daryl Harper is a dynamic, energetic, infectious speaker, who always delivers from the heart and aims to provoke you into taking positive actions in the right direction. While teaching at a college, Daryl's passion for mentoring, equipping and coaching grew. He noticed that there was nowhere in the educational system that empowered people in the area of finance and there was a MASSIVE gap. An interest in financial education, personal development and leadership was birthed and he later found mentors and coaches who were very successful in the financial service arena. He went on to get trained and qualified to deliver financial education and has been working in the field since 2008.
NORTH LONDON PREMIERE of 'TRESS: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair' (2015)
by Michele & Larry Ervin
TRESS: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair (2015) is a journey of discovering uniqueness. We follow men and women in the hair care industry who blend modern and ancient techniques of hair styling which restores and empowers to reclaim one's own self-esteem. This is a film everyone should see. Walk away encouraged by the stories from people whose lives have been changed through their hair. Tress affirms our walk with natural beauty with pageantry and music inspiring a new dialog about cultural influences and embracing one's own inner and outer beauty.
BHS PREMIERE of ‘Generation Revolution (2016)' by Usayd Younis, Cassie Quarless
Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of Black and Brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations as well as the young Londoners that are part of them.
The London Black Revolutionaries, or ‘Black Revs', have a predilection for dramatic, raucous, direct action. R Movement challenge the idea of the ‘Staid and Serious' political activist and The Black Dissidents are a new organisation intent on furthering the fight against oppression along the lines of race, class and gender.
The film vividly chronicles the evolution of our characters as they experience personal and political awakenings, breakthroughs and, at times, disillusionment. Generation Revolution offers a unique and original glimpse into the rewarding but difficult path that must be trodden in the struggle for personal, social and political liberation.
BHS PREMIERE of ‘I Am Not Your Negro (2017)' by James Baldwin, Raoul Peck
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends - Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. However, at the time of his death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.
Now, master filmmaker Raoul Peck reimagines Baldwin's unfinished manuscript with this radical and incendiary examination of race in America, connecting the narratives of past and present. Using Baldwin's words, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, Peck crafts a lyrical and forceful interrogation of what it means to be Black today.