Race on Screen
In November and October 2012 we organised a series of lectures and panel debates that focused on representation of race on screen. The Race, Racism and Resistance events took place in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Three media experts were commissioned to deliver a lecture tailored to the local area, which was followed by a panel discussion and audience participation.
The events were organised with the support of the BBC, BFI, Media Trust, Black Cultural Archives, North West Film Archives, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, London South Bank University and Punch Records.
Watch the short film of the events
Contributors to the film include actor Riz Ahmed, academic and filmmaker Imruh Bakari, Eastenders' Himesh Patel, BBC news presenter Warren Nettleford, young filmmaker Victoria Ijeh and more.
The Birmingham event was hosted by South and City College Birmingham on Friday 30 November. Our featured lecturer was Dr Rajinder Dudrah, Director of Centre for Screen Studies at Manchester University. Panellists included Sima Gonsai, award winning filmmaker and Pogus Caesar, photojournalist, author and award winning TV producer/director.
London South Bank University hosted the event in London and the featured lecturer was Imruh Bakari. Imruh is a filmmaker and Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester. Panellists included actor Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Himesh Patel (EastEnders) and film-maker Victoria Ijeh (www.iconicsteps.co.uk).
Chorlton High School hosted this event and the guest lecturer was Karen Gabay, an award winning independent film maker who has made films documenting Manchester's heritage and also African/Caribbean heritage. Panellists included Martin Harding (ex-Superintendent of Greater Manchester Police), Rameez Lone (young film-maker), Dr Rajinder Dudrah (University of Manchester) and David Hanson (freelance Drama Writer/Producer).