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Poetry + Film / Hack - Boyz n the Hood (15)

Inua Ellams

Guy leans against a car

Complementing this screening of Boyz n the Hood, Inua Ellams and a line-up of poets read new work to open and close the film – their words and verses responding to its blistering themes.

In his 1991 depiction of inner-city life in Los Angeles, director John Singleton navigated topics of masculinity, fatherhood, poverty, police harassment and addiction. This showing gathers incredible performers to share specially commissioned poems as meditations on characters and key moments from the seminal picture. 

Joining Inua Ellams for this film hack are established poets who tour nationally and internationally, their collective experience ranging from storytelling and theatre to radio and television. They include the provocative and passionate voices of Barbican Young Poets alumni, with Michelle Tiwo co-curating the event. 

2 hours 30 mins

15+ (film contains nudity, sexual content, strong language, violence and scenes that some people may find upsetting. More Information)

Presented by the Barbican 


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