Portsmouth Film Society announces Black History Month Season at the Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre with this year’s theme being “Saluting Sisters”.

The Black History Month season will kick off at Portsmouth Film Society (PFS)’s old home at the Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth (UoP) on Wednesday 4th October with the film “The Hate U Give” (2018; 12A) 7pm. The film’s focus on discrimination is suitable for teenagers and adapted from a young adult novel. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Student Life) Chris Chang from the University of Portsmouth, will do an introduction/opening talk.

UoP supports three film screenings in the season with students being able to watch the films for half price.

Black people have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. However, their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted. Most schools still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and the achievements of white figures. The first step in creating change is acknowledging the racial inequalities that currently exist as, sadly, there are still many challenges that Black people face in the UK. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of Black heritage and culture. Black History Month is not just about recognising the effects of racism it is also an opportunity for people to learn about and celebrate the contribution and achievements of Black people. This year’s theme of “Saluting Sisters” provides an opportunity to specifically highlight the achievements of Black women. Whether that is in their, often unsung, work in fighting for civil rights or their personal ambitions. This is why it is a great pleasure to be able to present six movies around Black History and Black women; The Hate U GiveClaudine (1974; 12A), Do the Right Thing (1989; 18), Hidden Figures (2016; PG), One Hand Don’t Clap (1991;12A) and finally Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever (2022; 12A). 

Two films, Claudine and One Hand Don’t Clap, are part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project, with support from the British Film Institute (BFI)awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI.

Portsmouth Film Society’s Director, Aysegul Epengin, commented:

“Portsmouth Film Society is so grateful for the support we received for this season and we are proud to be a diverse organisation and to mark the Black History Month season. So many people do not know what Black History Month means: it is crucial to remember important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.”