THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT

Wednesday 29 November, 7pm 112min | 15 | Belgium | 2015

God exists and lives with his family in Brussels! We all know about the son but he also has a daughter. She decides to follow in the footsteps of her more famous brother and create her own Testament. A surreal, subversive, and funny look at Biblical themes through a modern, and refreshingly original, lens.

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THE HANDMAIDEN

THE HANDMAIDEN (DIRECTOR’S CUT)

Wednesday 22 November, 6pm168min | 18 | Korea | 2016

 A gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance. The new film from director Park Chan-wook, the Korean genius behind the classic revenge thriller Old Boy.
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AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

Wednesday 15 November, 7pm 118min | PG | Japan | 2016

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to fInd child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. A quiet but moving story of life, love and family. From award winning writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda.

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Community Film-making in Portsmouth

I Am Only Human After All:                                                                                                                                       Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is using film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures.  In partnership with Urbond, an organisation standing for a cohesive city, PFS is creating a documentary featuring several vulnerable individuals who will tell their story and reflect on their experiences in Portsmouth, both good and bad.

A variety of short films and documentaries will be produced with people who have been neglected in our community.  The project called I Am Only Human After All will premiere at a red carpet event in 2018 and be available on YouTube.  The individuals are being referred by the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change, organisations who support our vulnerable citizens struggling with issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, young care issues, people in recovery, youth with diabetes, and multiculturalism.

The project is being coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, founder of the Portsmouth Film Society and PhD student at the University of Portsmouth.  The short films will be created by Portsmouth Film Society and film study students in cooperation with the University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, the primary supporter of the Portsmouth Film Society’s weekly screenings.

PFS has run similar courses in the past and we are delighted to receive the Awards For All, Big Lottery, which is making this project possible.  PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human. “

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is a member of the British Film Institute (BFI) and Cinema For All (British Film Societies Federation).

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MARIE CURIE

MARIE CURIE

Wednesday 8 November, 7pm 100min | PG | Germany/France/Poland | 2016

This sweeping biographical lm focuses on the incredible life and exceptional achievements of Marie Curie, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist, during her most turbulent years as she challenged the French academic establishment and social mores with her scientific hypotheses and unconventional love life.
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GET OUT on Halloween, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE.

GET OUT

Tuesday 31 October, 7pm | 102min | 15 | USA | 2017

 Chris and his girlfriend Rose have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating. She invites him for a weekend getaway upstate. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. Screening for Halloween, this is an entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Wednesday 1 November | 97min | 12A | NZ | 2016

An out of control teenager and his reluctant foster uncle go missing in the New Zealand bush sparking a national manhunt in this extremely funny part road movie, part coming-of-age family comedy. This charmingly offbeat lm unites a solid cast, a talented lmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A UNITED KINGDOM

Wednesday 25 October, 7:30pm 111min | PG | UK | 2016

 In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London of ce worker. Their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. We have a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation).
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THE VICEROY’S HOUSE and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.

THE VICEROY’S HOUSE

Tuesday 17 October | 106min | 12A | UK/India | 2017

In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumed the post of the last Viceroy charged with handing India back to its people. He, his wife and daughter lived upstairs. Downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite took their seats to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the house. Partition, dividing India and creating the new Muslim homeland of Pakistan, led to the largest mass migration in human history

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Wednesday 18 October, 7pm 120min | 12 | USA | 2016

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work. A radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Introduction talk from Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, London.

Please complete our survey and win one passcard (3 film screenings) here:  PFS DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 LOVING

Thursday 12 October, 7pm 120min | 12A | USA | 2016

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years ghting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful – and still relevant – real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Wednesday 18 October, 7pm 120min | 12 | USA | 2016

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work. A radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Introduction talk from Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, London.

A UNITED KINGDOM

Wednesday 25 October, 7:30pm 111min | PG | UK | 2016

 In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. Their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. We have a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation).
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Portsmouth Black History Month Film Festival will be officially opened by the University of Portsmouth’s Equality Champion, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, on Wednesday 4 October at the Eldon Building.

Supported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union and Film Hub South East is an exhibitor focused organisation formed in 2013 as part of the BFI Film Audience Network. Portsmouth Film Society presents its seventh Black History Month Festival season of films. PFS presents the work of four special films in the Eldon Building, Middle Street, Southsea during October.

Last year’s blockbuster Hollywood film Hidden Figures will open the festival at a special event that will also be attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and other dignitaries.

Hidden Figures recounts the lives of a group of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

The next film, Loving, celebrates real-life courage of a couple who challenged the law against inter-racial marriage in 1967 Caroline County, Virginia. This will be screened on 12 October.

I am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and will be shown on 19 October. Introduction talk from Priscilla Igwe, the director of The New Black Film Collective, London.

A United Kingdom is a film based on a true story of the marriage between Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, to a London office worker, Ruth Williams, which had consequences that went far into the diplomatic relationship between the two countries. We have a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation)

This film will close the season following a talk by Selena Carty, founder of Black Poppy Rose, at a free public lecture on 25 October to mark the contribution of black soldiers in the world wars. Details of the free lecture can be found on www.port.ac.uk/events

“I’m delighted to support the festival which seeks to highlight equality issues that are very important to a university like Portsmouth as we strengthen our position in the global market,” said Professor Ahluwalia.

Price of entry is £6.00 tickets can be purchased prior to the event on the website or at the box office, Room 1.10 Eldon Building, Middle Street Southsea. A Portsmouth Film Society Season Pass is £20 per season and a three film passcard £12. http://www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk/tickets/

HIDDEN FIGURES

Wednesday 4 October, 7pm | 127min | PG | USA | 2016

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African- American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on unbelievable true life stories, we follow them as they quickly rise through the ranks of NASA specially tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit and guaranteeing his safe return.

The festival launch event will start at 6:15 pm with an introductory talk by Pal Ahluwalia, Equality Champion at the University of Portsmouth.

LOVING

Thursday 12 October, 7pm 120min | 12A | USA | 2016

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years ghting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful – and still relevant – real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Wednesday 18 October, 7pm 120min | 12 | USA | 2016

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work. A radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Introduction talk from Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, London.

A UNITED KINGDOM

Wednesday 25 October, 7:30pm 111min | PG | UK | 2016

 In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London of ce worker. Their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. We have a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation).
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