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Herne Hill Free Film Festival

A free screening of documentary Beyond the Photo, plus a Q & A with the director of the film, Cathy Hassan. This documentary is a retrospective look at 1970s Black Britain, the telling of important yet invisible community stories via the medium of photography.

Can a photo ever tell the full story? How well do we read into a photo, in a time when we rapidly ‘scan’ glide over everything? Do we stop to think about the story that lies behind a photo, and its true significance? This screening is also part of the Herne Hill Free Film Festival programme which brings free films to SE24 during the month of May.


Screening: Beyond the Photo + Q&A
Screening starts 8.00pm
FREE! But gratefully taking food donations and change for Norwood and Brixton Food bank - More information

Beyond the Photo consists of individual stories recording the realities of Black British lives in the 1970s. Personal experiences are linked by themes of a discriminatory police culture, winter of discontent, poor inhumane housing, and rising voices of socially disgruntled young black men and women fueled by radical sentiment to end the violence of systemic racism.

Beyond the Photo explores the journey of one photo opening up to reveal social and historical narratives from times when 'Sons of Empire' gave rise to fears of a black invasion, to a social, cultural and political awareness profoundly shaped by the US Civil rights movement and black activism.

The documentary features interviews with famiy members of the Community leader Olive Morris, and the Civil rights activist Darcus Howe, one of his final interviews. Historian, Dr Robin Bunce, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, offers valuable insights into the turbulent 1970s.

Powerful images by Al Vandenberg, Charlie Phillips, Neil Kenlock, Homer Sykes, Nick Hedges along with many other engaging contributors explore themes of London’s 1970s ethnic and cultural landscape. These include civil unrest, areas of deprivation, Black Power as an ideology and a movement in Britain, the Afro as a expression of black pride and heritage, and photography as a powerful tool of representation in the construction of one own self-image and one’s own story.

The Prince Regent building
Bringing the best free films to SE24 since 2012


The Prince Regent
69 Dulwich Road
London SE24 0NJ

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