pfs-bhmSupported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union, Portsmouth Film Society presents its sixth Black History Month Festival season of films. PFS presents the work of three black filmmakers in the Eldon Building, Middle Street, Southsea during October.

To celebrate the films, the launch of the Black History Month Festival starts with a drinks reception at 6.30pm on 5 October before the screening of Gone Too Far (2013) at 7 pm. Destiny Ekharaga’s directorial, debut feature length film, written by playwright Bola Agbaje results in a formidable, female, talent combination. Backed by the British Film Institute, it is a coming-of age story following two estranged brothers, it’s warm and funny, but nonetheless refuses to shy away from racial tensions and cultural misgivings.

The second film, The Hard Stop (2015) 12 October 2016 at 7 pm, is a charged and emotional journey which discloses the story behind the most violent riots in Britain in recent history. The hard-hitting title of the documentary, makes reference to the police procedure used against Mark Duggan. In this observational documentary, the director George Amponsah, examines the wider implications of the riots and parallels with civil rights and Black Lives Matter in America.

The third film, Pressure (1976) 19 October at 7 pm, Horace Ove rounds off the Black History Month screenings. Following The Hard Stop, this film gives an engaging insight into seventies Britain and the precursor to Black British filmmaking in the following decade. It is forty years since its release, but the issues and power relations it portrays are still relevant in contemporary multi-cultural Britain.

PFS coordinator Aysegul Epengin commented on the forthcoming festival, ‘it is great that Portsmouth Film Society can offer a range of films for the Black History Month especially as The British Film Institute are running a nationwide season of films running from October to December in celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors. We feel that our festival, on a local level complements the BFI Black Star season’.

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 pass £12. Both Gone Too Far and Pressure are free to UoP staff.

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