Hackney’s Black History in the Making season to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Anti-Racist Alliance at The Rio Cinema
A special fundraising film screening for The Liberation Movement, will mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of its predecessor the Anti-Racist Alliance (ARA), on Saturday 20 November at the Rio Cinema in Dalston.
Acclaimed film directors Zak Ové, who made the award-winning Wonderful World for the ARA, and Orson Nava, who made The Protector for ITV and a short film on Hackney’s Groundbreaking Hackney’s Diverse Curriculum the Black Contribution - all of which will be screened at the event, will take part in a Q&A chaired by Dr Margaret Busby CBE, former chair of the Booker Prize.
Dr Busby will steer what promises to be a galvanising conversation on the political and cultural shifts that have occurred over the last thirty years, and the current need for new partnerships and political collaborations.
Guests at this important cultural and historical event will be special forces-trained close protection officer Glen Dinnal-Allen, who stars in The Protector and Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for education, young people and children’s social care for Hackney Council, who founded the ground-breaking Hackney Black Curriculum - The Black Contribution, and the Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men project.
"The last 30 years have seen such significant change to how racism is understood and tackled in the UK. I am pleased with the work my colleagues and I at Hackney Council have achieved so far to include and inspire young people in these important conversations while doing what we can to protect young Black people from systemic and institutional racism. I look forward to taking the time to reflect on this history 22000 listening to what more we can do to truly support an anti-racist mindset for the younger generation and continue to influence wider society.”
"I have fond memories of the Malcolm X-tribute ARA fundraiser held at the Rio in the 1990s, so it’s extremely fitting for the gig for its successor organisation, The Liberation Movement, to be held. Hackney had one of the most active ARA branches in the country, fighting racism in all its forms, which doubly makes it the right place for this screening of historically and culturally significant films associated with the campaign, which grew to become the largest Black-led movement in Europe. Achievements included helping the parents of murdered Black teenager Stephen Lawrence set up their justice campaign and introducing them to Nelson Mandela."
This event is part of the Hackney Black History in the Making season - the borough’s extended Black History season which runs from September - December. For past and future events visit lovehackney.uk/black-history-season
Notes for editors:
To book tickets visit the Rio Cinema
Proceeds from the event will go towards The Liberation Movement's vital anti-racism work.
If you are a community group in Hackney and would like to discuss a group discount booking please contact Cultural Development Manager Corrina Antrobus - firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more and sign up for Hackney’s Diverse Curriculum the Black Contribution here.
Find out more about the Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men here.