Second Sight is a new curated programme exploring the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement.
In cinemas and beyond, we’re sharing some of the key films from the 1980s and (with LUX Moving Image) we’ve commissioned four new films that reflect and respond to that legacy.
The Black Film Workshop Movement developed throughout the 1980s, a pivotal decade in UK culture and society. Against a backdrop of divisive national politics and civil unrest, a series of radical filmmaking collectives sprung up.
Their films explored the Black community’s relationship to Britain’s colonial past; whilst also looking to the Civil Rights movement in America, Black feminism, Pan-Africanism, the struggle of apartheid, and the emergent fields of postcolonial and cultural studies.
Second Sight incorporates key archive films from the period as well as new commissions from contemporary film artists, created in response to the Workshop context.