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St. Clair Bourne’s Cinema of Solidarity (15*) + Q&A

Cinema Restored

A group of children look at a statue in a museum.

A programme of humanistic documentaries by St. Clair Bourne, presenting multi-faceted portrayals of African Americans from the 1960-1990s.

The transformative documentaries of St. Clair Bourne (1943 - 2007), a Black filmmaker and activist from Brooklyn. Diving into a range of issues from The Troubles in Ireland to race and museums.

This programme brings the UK premiere of the restored The Black and the Green, in which St Clair Bourne traces a group of Black Civil rights activists who travel to Northern Ireland during The Troubles, exploring the parallels between their experiences of racial discrimination in the US, and of Irish Catholic life under the British authorities.

The occasion of the restoration provides an opportunity to showcase the career of Bourne, whose work provides a vital perspective of African American communities between the 1960s - 1990s, a period taking in the end of the civil rights movement and transition to the Black power movement, and its rise and fall.

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The Black and the Green (UK Premiere)
Dir. St. Clair Bourne, 1983, 44min

Statues Hardly Ever Smile
Dir. Stan Lathan, 1971, 21min

Something To Build On
Dir. St. Clair Bourne 1971, 30min

The title 'Cinema of Solidarity' is credited to Yasmine Price. 

With thanks to Jacob Perlin. 

St. Clair Bourne


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