** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED **
2017 has been No Fly on the WALL’s year of re-imagining and what an event series it has been! From re-imagining Black love as revolutionary to re-imagining the transformative power of anger, the place of Black women in activism and revolution and most recently, re-imagining Black fatherhood.
A topic that has been on the lips of all is gentrification and to mark our fourth birthday, we’ll be gathering to discuss this phenomenon and what can be done about it by local people. Through the eyes and perspectives of Black British female filmmakers, we’ll explore what gentrification is, its effects on local communities, how we found ourselves complicit in the process and how we can resist the turfing out of working class communities in areas they turned into vibrant communities. We’ll be screening two short films (‘Denim’, by Siana Bangura & Susuana Amoah and ‘Destination Deptford’ by Olivia Douglass) as well as a snippet of Shola Amoo’s ‘A Moving Image’, which explore gentrification in different ways.
There will then be a panel discussion and Q&A. Our speakers will be:
Susuana Amoah, a Masters Student at the University of Sussex studying Gender and Media. Previously Susuana was the NUS National Women’s Officer, University of London Union Women’s officer and feminism society president at Royal Holloway where she graduated with a degree Media Arts. Susuana’s activism and artwork focuses on intersectional feminism, sexual violence and radical self-care. Susuana is also the filmmaker behind ‘Denim’, a short poetic film exploring gentrification in South East London.
Olivia Douglass, a writer, director and filmmaker based in South East London. She is mostly interested in celebrating and validating both places and people that are otherwise be mis-represented if even represented at all. ‘Destination Deptford’ was her first short film and she is currently working on another documentary for Tidemill Wildlife Garden also in Deptford. Other than film Olivia also working a collection of poetry which explores black, queer identity and is soon to launch an arts company called Tastes Like Blue.
Tanya Fear, a London based actress whose other film credits include the Netflix original crime drama series Spotless (2015) and the Hollywood blockbuster Kick-Ass 2 (2013). Tanya’s TV credits include BBC3s Some Girls and ITV’s DCI Banks. She is also passionate about theatre and starred in the hit African comedy The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo (2013) at London’s Tricycle Theatre. Tanya is the star of Shola Amoo’s award-winning film exploring gentrification in Brixton, ‘A Moving Image’.
The panel will be chaired by Siana Bangura, a writer, poet, performer and freelance journalist hailing from South East London. She’s the founder of and publisher at Haus of Liberated Reading, an independent publishing house and is the editor of Black British Feminist platform No Fly on the WALL. Siana is the producer of ‘1500 & Counting’, a film exploring police brutality and deaths in custody in the UK. She is also the author of ‘Elephant’, her debut collection of poetry meditating on Black British womanhood. She has written for VICE, Consented, Black Ballad, and has worked with Channel 4, BBC and Sky to name just a few. Siana is also the producer and writer of ‘Denim’, a short film exploring gentrification in South East London.
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** This event is open to all **
DIY Space for London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together), providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated.
You can become a member, which costs £2 a year and can be done in a few minutes online. Members have a say in how the club is run, and there are also lots of opportunities to get involved in the day-to-day running of DSFL by joining a collective, where you’ll get a say in how the space runs and receive training in new skills.
The space is fully accessible. For more details visit: www.diyspaceforlondon.org