Black Lives Black Stories Matter Movie Night At BBC
Global diversity film movement celebrates Black History Month with London premiere of Black Lives Black Stories Matter Short Film Tour at BBC
Introduced in 2013 at Bishop TD Jakes' International Faith and Family Film Festival with stops in New York during African American Women in Cinema and Los Angeles' California African American Museum, the Black Lives Black Stories Matter Tour is an extension of the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, which takes place annually, during the Cannes Film Festival. In association with the BBC's Staff Network, the Black Lives Black Stories Matter Short Film Tour will uplift the global black experience and illuminate the rich tapestry of the black culture.
"The media, motion pictures in particular, play an integral role in perpetuating negative stereotypes of the black experience worldwide. While progress has been made to reverse these mostly fictional perceptions, there's work to be done," states Yolonda Brinkley, American entertainment publicist and creator of Diversity in Cannes. "I am delighted to collaborate with the British Film Institute and S.O.U.L to present the Diversity in Cannes Black Lives Black Stories Matter Short Film Tour; my effort to be the change I wish to see in the world as we strive for a post racial society."
The London premiere of the Black Lives Black Film Tour at the BBC will celebrate filmmakers giving life to diverse characters and uplifting the race through film. Originally submitted to the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, the films represent Jamaica, England and the United States and prove great storytelling transcends geographic boundaries.
1. Flight by Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald (Jamaica)
2. The Big Chop by Derek Dow (USA)
3. What Would You Do? by Jordan Pitt (UK)
5. Proclamation Punctuation by Sewra G Kidane (USA)
6. We Do What We Can by Kwaku Awuku-Asabre (UK)
The Diversity In Cannes Black Lives Black Stories Matter Short Film Tour, in collaboration with the British Film Institute and S.O.U.L, is Thursday, October 31, 2019 6PM with Q&A moderated by Miranda Wayland, BBC Diversity Lead, immediately following at BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA. Light refreshments will be served. Complimentary admission to friends of the partnering organizations.