AUGUST 2013 SCREENING - BIG WORDS

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) launches its UK office this August with US film festival favourite BIG WORDS in partnership with The New Black as the exclusive UK presenting organisation.

Founded in Los Angeles in 2011, AFFRM is the brainchild of trailblazing 2012 Sundance Film Festival ‘Best Director’ winner; Ava DuVernay and was set up to celebrate fresh voices in Black filmmaking.

Set in Brooklyn, New York on the eve of Obama’s history-making election in 2008, three former members of a promising hip-hop crew cross paths again to discover that some things never change. BIG WORDS is a poignant study of black masculinity and friendship set against the beauty of hip hop and the community it can foster. 



                                                          AUGUST 2013 SCREENING - THE FADE

4 barbers, 4 lives, 1 story... The Fade is an intimate portrait of four Afro barbers across the world over seven days. The observational documentary reveals exactly what this profession means to society in the 21st century. Set in Ghana, Jamaica, USA and the UK, the film interweaves their stories and examines the polarised opposites of the locations. Creating an international dialogue of the colourful lives of four men who do they same thing in different time zones, with very different realities.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and a free afterparty with DJ Broadcite spinning the decks. 


                                                       JUNE 2013 SCREENING - GIMME THE LOOT

Chided by Queens punks who have stepped onto their turf and messed up their artwork, Malcolm and Sofia are two Bronx kids who become determined to make a mark on the city with their graffiti. They plan to tag an iconic NYC landmark, and set out to hustle the $500 they need to get close to succeeding in their mission. Their adventure involves detours into drug-dealing and casual petty crime, though for all of Malcolm’s swagger and Sofia’s smart-mouthedness, the pair get ripped off or slapped down at every turn, as their audacious task appears to become an unlikely proposition. 

A big-hearted Bronx tale, Gimme the Loot captivated audiences at SXSW earlier this year, taking the Grand Jury Prize there. Delightfully appealing performances from non-actors Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson set the tone for Adam Leon’s charming debut feature, a sweet caper that is refreshingly devoid of cynicism.  

                                   MAY 2013 SCREENING - PASS THE COMB + KICKIN' IT WITH THE KINKS

Dandy Theatre Associates co-production with Charley Jai's Pass The Comb, is a short film telling the story of a young brother in conflict and his older sister's calming influence using the cultural tradition of braiding hair. 

Kickin’ it with the Kinks began as Cynthia Butare’s self-funded university project at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Information and Communications where it received Best Documentary Prize. Cynthia was deeply moved to explore the subject further with the help of her friend Mundia Situmbeko, blogger and co-founder of blackgirlflow. More than a project, it was now an urgent quest to study and share the thought-provoking emotional and physical realities and complexities of hair care for black women, its roots in slavery and colonisation and ultimately to ask the question, ‘what is the true meaning of beauty?’

                                          APRIL 2013 SCREENING - THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

Quentin Tarantino presents THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA making his debut as both a director and a leading man, alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. This martial arts movie tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in 19th-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor. Since his arrival in Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. Transforming himself into a human weapon, he fights to become the saviour of his adopted people.


Set against the excitement of the US election race in 2008, and with a rousing soundtrack, The Education of Auma Obama is an elegant portrait of a brilliant woman – a woman who introduced President Obama to his Kenyan roots. Nigerian-Welsh director Branwen Okpako lovingly reveals one of the key women living in the shadows of Obama’s success – his fascinating, sophisticated Kenyan half-sister, Auma Obama. 


'HIDDEN COLORS 2: The Triumph Of Melanin' is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary by New York Times author and film producer Tariq Nasheed about the untold history of people of African and Aboriginal descent.