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Second Sight

Omega Rising: Women in Rastafari, dir. D. Elmina Davis, UK, 1988. Credit Monika Baker

In association with LUX, ICO’s 2020 national film tour Second Sight explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement.

The UK Black Film Workshop Movement developed throughout the 1980s. Against a backdrop of divisive national politics and civil unrest, filmmaking collectives created work exploring the Black community’s relationship to Britain’s colonial past.

Alongside new commissions from contemporary film artists, Second Sight brings key films from the period to UK screens, foregrounding the work of women filmmakers at Sankofa Film and Video, and Ceddo Film and Video Workshop.

Artist filmmaker Ayo Akingbade introduces Dreaming Rivers; Omega Rising – Women of Rastafari is introduced by Aleema Gray, Community History Curator at the Museum of London.

Tagged with: Cinema Second Sight

Dreaming Rivers
UK 1988 Dir Martina Attille, Sankofa Film and Video 30 min

Omega Rising – Women of Rastafari 
UK 1988 Dir D Elmina Davis, Ceddo Film and Video Workshop 50 min

Total event running time approximately 120 min


Image credit: Omega Rising: Women in Rastafari, Dir D Elmina Davis UK 1988 Credit Monika Baker


Dreaming Rivers

From Sankofa Film and Video, Dreaming Rivers illustrates the experience of migration by evocatively weaving together the ambition-fuelled dreams and memories of Caribbean-born Miss T. and her family.

Omega Rising Women of Rastafari

Rastafarian women talk about their relationship to the movement’s development in this film by Ceddo Film and Video Collective; exploring the religious group’s roots in Jamaica and its manifestation in late 1980s Britain.

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