PFS Black History Month Film Festival Goes XXL

2019 Black History Month Film Festival

2019 Black History Month Film Festival  

University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Film Society announced their collaboration for the 9th Black History Month’s Film Festival to be held at the Eldon Building throughout the month of October 2019.

The programme will see a series of 6 films made in the US and the UK, directed by the likes of Idris Alba and Spike Lee, ranging from documentary, crime drama, to family saga.

The theme this year is XXL, a nod towards the ever enlarging programming and scope of the film festival.

It has become a fixture in the Portsmouth’s community calendar as a celebration of the history of the city’s residents from the African-Caribbean diaspora. The Lord Mayor, Councillor David Fuller and Lady Mayoress Mrs Leza Tremorin will be  to our guest for the Launch of Black History Month Film Festival

Prof. Sherria Hoskins, Diversity Champion and a member of the University of Portsmouth’s Executive Board said, “We’re delighted with our long standing partnership with PFS to deliver on one of our strategic aims to celebrate diversity, both within our university and out in the community”

The Film Festival forms the backbone of other celebration of Black History at the University of Portsmouth which includes an African-Caribbean Fusion Festival on 5th October, a public lecture on Black Preachers in Georgian Portsmouth on 16th October and the special project by the University Library on Our Black History, charting the relationship and influence of the city’s institution with the community within Portsmouth and students coming from African and Caribbean countries.

Aysegul Epengin, founder and director of the Portsmouth Film Society said, “As a community organisation, it’s our aim to bring about cultural awareness through the medium of films.

We’re pleased to have this great collaboration and I hope this will continue well into the future. We are always proud to show diverse films and we are most grateful for BFI FAN and University of Portsmouth support for Black History Month. ”

The Film Festival opens with the screening of Yardie (2018) on Thursday 3 October 2019. Yardie is a British crime drama film directed by Idris Elba based on the novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley. Audience will also be invited to the opening ceremony starting at 6.30 pm in the Eldon Building.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) follows on Thursday 10 October, 7pm. Set in early 1970s Harlem, it tells a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace.

Undercover in the Alt-Right (2018) is a documentary by Patrik Hermansson who had been living undercover, as Swedish student Erik Hellberg, at the heart of the alt-right. The screening on Wednesday 16 October starts at 7pm.

Introductory talk by Nick Spooner from HOPE not hate. This screening is free to the public.

Britain on Film: Black Britain (1901-1985) will be shown on Thursday 17 October, 7pm. This documentary brings together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, offering incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. ‘UK’s forgotten Black Citizens’ Introductory talk by Mbombo Irenee Kayembe, author and local entrepreneur. This screening is free to the public.

BlacKkKlansman (2018) is a remarkable film which uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events – and brings out some of Spike Lee’s hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.

Come and see this on Thursday 24 October, 6.30pm. Introductory talk by Dr Lee Sartain, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Portsmouth South’s MP Stephen Morgan will be a festival guest at this screening and will give a short address before the film.

The festival closes with the screening of Us (2019) on Thursday 31 October, 7pm. Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson. This is also PFS Halloween screening and part of the Darkfest.

For tickets and further information please go to the Portsmouth Film Society’s website or email

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