Black History Month 2018 is presented to us by The New Black Film Collective (TNBFC), who will be delivering another round of films to support and represent black culture and history. It’s been quite a few years since Newham Council supported Black History Month activities, and we are proud to say here at Stratford Picturehouse we are part of these borough-wide celebrations as they finally return.
I sat down with Priscilla Igwe, the woman behind TNBFC. At Stratford Picturehouse, we have been working with Priscilla for a number of years, as she brings representative movies and experiences to the local community and beyond.
The New Black Film Collective is a fantastic platform for production, distribution, programming, exhibition, education and PR – with a diverse nationwide team to help make it all happen. Currently, she is working on the BFI Blockbuster Comedy Genius Season for a programme that showcases the often-overlooked black female onscreen talent.
To Priscilla, Black History Month is the opportunity to focus on Black heritage and the major impact the culture has made to this country. Whilst it is important to be proud all year round, this single month allows people to focus on sharing these important contributions with the emphasis of enjoying the culture together within wider society.
TNBFC itself as a platform helps to connect, champion and be inclusive to all. Priscilla is proud of the network she has been able to develop since its incorporation in 2010, which includes bringing together audiences, talent, filmmakers and filmgoers of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation and more. By offering choice to mainstream audiences it can demonstrate how diverse and complex black culture is.
TNBFC offers services and screenings that matter to the local community as they feature domestic and international films of black representation. The local community is divergent and exciting and the diversity of the Black History Month programming has plenty to offer those voices. The season has fantastic films lined up for this year, with a few additional surprises along the way, but you’ll have to stay tuned for those exciting announcements! What we can reveal is that the programme includes plenty of movies to watch for free (supported by Newham Council) as well as paid special previews of Blindspotting on Monday 1 October, and Black Mother to close the season on Wednesday 31 October.
For the full season line-up go to TNBFC