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Wed 6 – Sun 24 May Watershed, Bristol The season kicks off on Wed 6 May with This Is The Life, Selma director Ava DuVernay’s award-winning look at the influential early 90s Los Angeles hip hop scene, which would become a breeding ground for conscious (or alternative) hip hop. From 17:00, you can get a little taste of the Good Life Café and after the screening, stay on for the Good Life After Party (22:00 – late), where Ujima Radio’s DJ Style and Bristol underground stalwart Awkward unite for a night of 90s hip hop tunes. TheLife1

The season continues with spotlights on another radical icon, Angela Davis, (Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975) and rarely screened doc Free Angela and All Political Prisoners), a look at black life in early 1960s Alabama (Nothing But A Man, reputedly Malcolm X’s favourite film), an examination of the untold story of black backing singers (20 Feet From Stardom) plus an evening of live music, a panel discussion on Malcolm X’s legacy today (Looking Black) and an investigation on black radicalism closer to home (The Story of Michael X).

Ticket price ranges from: £4.00 – £8.00

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This strand is presented by Come The Revolution…, a collective of curators, programmers and creatives from Bristol and Birmingham committed to exploring and challenging black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema. This is a BFI FAN Film Hub South West & West Midlands project with support from the National Lottery through the British Film Institute. Presented in partnership with Ujima Radio and Festival of Ideas. With thanks to Rise Music. For more information visit

To encourage wide learning and debate about Malcolm X and his life and work, Festival of Ideas is creating a mass reading group with the distribution of 1000 free copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. To find out more about about how to get your hands on a copy, visit: link.

This Is The Life 18 + Good Life After Party

Wed 6 May 20:00

Selma director Ava Duvernay’s award-winning documentary is a smart, sharp exploration of the early 90s influential Los Angeles hip hop scene, which would become a breeding ground for conscious (or alternative) hip hop. Followed by an After Party with Ujima Radio’s DJ Style and Bristol underground stalwart Awkward. From 17:00 you can get a little taste of the Good Life in the Café/Bar – think summer rolls, risotto cakes, veggie charcuterie boards, butternut jambalaya, quesadillas and pilafs – and ticket holders can get £1.00 off sharing platters.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners + Short CTBA

Sun 10 May 14:00

Legendary radical activist Angela Davis speaks for the first time about her 1970s imprisonment as a terrorist and conspirator, a flashpoint in the black liberation struggle that made her a revolutionary icon, in this rarely presented documentary

The Black Power Mix Tapes 1967-1975 12A

Sun 10 May 18:00

Extraordinary 16mm material filmmed between 1967 to 1975 by a team of Swedish journalists, including a passionate interview with Angela Davis in jail, is combined with recent commentary from leading black artists and activists to create a piercing documentation of the American civil rights movement’s life and legacy.

Nothing But a Man + Short 12A

Sun 17 May 18:00

A landmark of American cinema, this uniquely truthful depiction of black life in early 1960s Alabama rightly won great acclaim at festivals internationally, and was reputedly Malcolm X’s favourite film.

Looking Black: Malcolm X, Film and Me

Sat 23 May 15:30

Malcolm X continues to provide inspiration, controversy and debate today: does Obama’s presidency mean what he campaigned for is now irrelevant? How does Malcolm’s story of radicalisation relate to race, class and religion today? Join us for a panel discussion that will examine his legacy through film.

The Story of Michael X 

Sun 24 May 15:00

A revelatory 1972 BBC documentary on the extraordinary but almost forgotten story of Michael X, a charismatic leader of black radicalism in the late 60s, one of the most famous black men in Britain at that time.

Twenty Feet From Stardom 12A + Ain’t No Stopping live music

Sun 24 May 20:20

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names – this Oscar®-winning documentary shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of all time. After the film join us for Ain’t No Stopping, a live music night in the Café/Bar from 22:00 – 00:00 hosted by ‘Doctah’ Edson Burton with DJ Mike Ashley (Soul Freedom) and a cast of Bristol’s most talented singers in partnership with Ujima Radio.



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