Black History Month at HOME 2020

This year we celebrate Black History Month at HOME with our most exciting season of Film, Theatre and Art, in collaboration with trailblazing Black organisations in Manchester. With a special programme of music, activities and online events, there is every chance to explore the wealth of Black talent on screen, on stage and online. Engage in change-making conversations, get creative with artistic sessions, or simply join us for a live session.

We have panel discussions and in conversation events with venues around Manchester and hosted online by artists including Cheryl Martin and special guests. The Black Mirror – Representations of Race in Horror Film and The Future Minority Majority Wonders – Where Are Our Spaces? gives us the opportunity to question representation and space, and envisage a new future. Plus, there’s Storytime session, Celina and the Spider, for the little ones and a Young Identity poetry workshops specifically for people from Black, Asian and Ethnically diverse backgrounds. You can also join us for a series of live recorded music sessions across the month with HOME Sound Sessions.

For film lovers, we have a number of screenings that foreground the contribution of Black practitioners to film history. Focussing on the UK, we remember the importance of Earl Cameron, a ground-breaking performer with Pool of London. We also remember Paul Robeson, with one of his most famous films, The Proud Valley and his silent, screen debut, Body and Soul. To continue HOME’s celebration of women filmmakers, we screen debbie tucker green’s Idris Elba-starring, The Second Coming and continue to showcase the work of Charles Burnett during Black History Month with The Glass Shield.

Our theatre programme sees HOME Resident Artists, Young Identity, bring their spoken word and poetry to a new live performance, Working from HOME. We also showcase selected shows from our online theatre Homemakers series, along with One Woman, from Cheryl Martin and Black Gold Arts – a hypnotic dreamscape following one woman’s wrestle with her identity. Meanwhile in the gallery, Christain Asare returns to HOME with Love Flows – a diptych in oils celebrating the creative contributions of eight Black British game changers in Manchester.

Join us in recognising Black history, celebrating Black achievements and enjoying diverse perspectives, not just in October, but all year round.

Artwork courtesy of Summer-May Design.

In this festival

An introduction to Body and Soul

Monika Kukolova, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Manchester has written this introduction to accompany HOME's screening of Body and Soul 

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Previously in this Festival

White Riot

Expanding her 2017 short, Rubika Shah’s energising film charts a vital London protest movement Rock Against Racism.

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HOME Sound Sessions: To!u × Aden

To!u × Aden make up a third of Manchester-based collective Pieces of a Man. As frontman & beat-maker respectively they use wordplay, song, loops &…

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HOME Sound Sessions: Dorcas Sebuyange

Dorcas Sebuyange is a Congolese multi-disciplinary artist specialising in drama, music and poetry.

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HOME Sound Sessions: Berry Blacc

Berry Blacc is a vocalist/producer from the rain-soaked streets of Manchester, drawing influence from genres like Lovers Rock and Reggae, to Soul, Hip Hop and…

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The Black Mirror: Representations of race in the horror film

Coinciding with Halloween and Film Fear, Esther Lisk-Carew will be joined by Andrew Murry and Liz Chege to discuss the history of Black horror and…

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HOME Sound Sessions: discover new music with three one-off gigs online

With gig venues currently closed, HOME presents a trio of exclusive virtual performances by three Black artists based in the North West working in rap,…

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The Future Minority/Majority Wonders, Where Are Our Spaces?

Join Cheryl Martin and special guests in an open discussion about the importance of claiming Black spaces and exploring Black organisations and spaces in Manchester

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Charles Burnett: The Glass Shield

Perhaps the closest Charles Burnett comes to genre filmmaking, The Glass Shield explores racism and sexism within the Los Angeles police force, with a top-notch…

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Venessa Scott : Visual Storytelling Workshop

Join Venessa Scott for an immersive workshop where you will explore visual storytelling through the medium of collage. Venessa will introduce you to her practice…

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Celebrating Paul Robeson: The Proud Valley

Throughout his career Paul Robeson struggled to break-away from roles that he felt reinforced racial stereotypes. With The Proud Valley he found such a part…

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Remembering Earl Cameron: Pool of London

Marketed as ‘a drama of the river underworld’, Pool of London (Basil Dearden, 1950) focuses on the stories of the crew of the Dunbar when…

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Celebrating Women Filmmakers: The Second Coming

Following a close knit modern black family as they navigate their way through an unexplained pregnancy, playwright Debbie Tucker Green boldly tackles questions of theology…

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Black Panther

A work of incredible import in terms of production and representation, the screening is in tribute to the recently deceased Chadwick Boseman, an actor who…

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Do The Right Thing

The hottest day of the year explodes on screen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of a street in Brooklyn, New…

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Multi-award winning director Steve McQueen’s rousing tale of Black solidarity and resistance brings a seminal moment in British history into sharp focus.

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Cheryl Martin presents

One Woman

One Woman takes you inside the mind of a woman living with mental illness.

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams. The emotional wedge in her marriage grows. Memories of…

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Celebrating Paul Robeson: Body and Soul

Making his feature debut, Paul Robeson collaborated with one of the great black American filmmakers Oscar Micheaux to make Body and Soul, offering a glimpse…

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