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An Evening of Purpose (18)

We Are Parable


Discover the power of finding your purpose in this specially curated evening of performance, film screenings, discussion, and networking.

The last two years have seen an unprecedented amount of change in our lives, affecting how we work, communicate and be around each other. Whilst the world has had to adapt to a ‘new normal’ what does this means for us? Do we still want the same things? How does the world changing affect how we see ourselves today?

We Are Parable and Jessica Huie MBE invite you to examine these questions and more across an evening that fuses film screenings, music and movement performances, and conversation to explore what it means to act with purpose in 2022.

Running Times

18:30 - 19:00: Pre-show drink
19:00 - 21:00: Event in Cinema 1
21:00 - 23:00: Networking Drinks

A complimentary drink will be included in the ticket price

An Evening of Purpose is curated by We Are Parable and Jessica Huie MBE, produced in partnership with Barbican. We Are Parable are currently Creatives in Residence with the Communities & Neighbourhoods team

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About We are Parable

A multi award-winning film exhibition company who provide opportunities to experience Black Cinema in culturally relevant ways, We Are Parable are dedicated to providing a platform to Black films and their creators through their work in exhibition and the production of mentorship opportunities. National Lottery & BFI backed. We Are Parable have been creating cinematic moments, supporting filmmakers and championing new voices in film since 2013.

In 2022, We Are Parable collaborated with Channel 4 on Momentum, a 6-month mentoring, training and mental health initiative designed to support 60 Black Filmmakers from around the UK. This project has seen various organisations from Film4, BAFTA, BBC, Apple TV, Altitude, and many more as industry figures who have committed to becoming mentors and delivering valuable masterclass sessions for the 60 filmmakers. Recently, We Are Parable completed their first international project in Kingston, Jamaica with the British Council - a cultural exchange between UK and Jamaican based filmmakers, complete with performances, talks and screenings. They believe in ‘experience over everything’; a philosophy that puts the audience experience at the forefront of everything they do

About Jessica Huie MBE

Jessica Huie MBE is author of PURPOSE published by Hay House and founder of The Purpose Academy. Jessica enjoyed an accomplished career as a publicist, and has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars and businesspeople including Samuel L. Jackson, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland & Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

Twelve years ago, Jessica launched Color Blind Cards, a multi-award winning multicultural greeting card company which drove an early conversation around the importance of ethnic representation in retail and became the first independent brand to secure a high-street presence for black cards. Labelled one of Britain’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard. In 2014 Jessica was honoured with an MBE for entrepreneurship and her contribution to diversity. The annual Purpose Retreat takes place in Jamaica Jan 2022 and the new edition on PURPOSE with five additional chapters is out now.

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Short Film Screenings

Home (2021)
Director: Jessye Romeo 
Is home Antigua or England? The filmmaker is undecided. Inspired by a 90's interview between her father and late grandmother - which features in parts, Jessye muses on the subject. 

No More Wings (2019)
Director: Abraham Adeyemi
Two childhood friends who meet at a divergent point in their lives in their favourite fried chicken shop in South London, touching on both shattered dreams, success and whether the decisions of the past have lifelong consequences. Level-headed Isaac has big news to share with the disenfranchised Jude: he's bought a house and is moving to East London. The news doesn't go down too well with Jude... The enchanting tale of friendship treads between both past and present as their 15 and 25- year old selves dine in the chicken shop, showing how the once-promising and talented Jude has struggled to fulfil his potential. 

Love Languages (2022)
Director: Jason Osborne 
Afro-Caribbean barbershops tend to provide a safe space for the black male community. They are environments charged with boisterous hilarity and touching honesty in equal measure. With the barber's chair acting as a makeshift therapist's couch, Love Languages is a nuanced and intimate portrayal of these conversations as six black men share their personal experiences of love and loss through emotive introspection, whilst challenging perceptions of their identity and black masculinity

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