The Second Sight New Commissions screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the legacy of the UK Black Film Workshops and their influence on current filmmakers and collectives. The conversations will focus on collective and collaborative practices and dive deeper into the inspirations behind the Second Sight New Commissions programme.
For more on the UK Black Film Workshops and the Second Sight commissions read Carrying the flame of the Black Film Workshop by Grace Barber-Plentie.
- The discussion will be hosted by artist filmmaker and member of not/nowhere film co-operative Rhea Storr. Rhea’s work explores the representation of Black and mixed-race cultures, the effect of place or space on cultural representation, and masquerade as a site of protest and subversion.
- Rehana Zaman is an artist based in London. She works predominantly with moving image to examine how social dynamics are produced and performed. Her work speaks to the entanglement of personal experience and social life, where intimacy is framed against the hostility of state legislation, surveillance and control.
- Ayo Akingbade is an artist, writer and director. Her work addresses notions of power, urbanism and stance. Interested in the fluid boundaries between the self and the other, she gathers local and cultural experiences in intimate and playful interpretations.
The panel discussion will be hosted on zoom and the Second Sight New Commissions films are available to watch online as part of the HOME Artist Film Weekender from Thu 3 Dec – Sun 6 Dec.
Image credit: Collective Hum, dir. B.O.S.S. Collective, Onyeka Igwe, UK, 2019