Come the Revolution

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Come the Revolution... is a collective of curators, programmers and creatives from Bristol & Birmingham committed to exploring and challenging black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema.

For up-to-date information on Come the Revolution activites visit the Come the Revolution Tumblr, follow @cometherev on Twitter and on Facebook.

Film Hub SWWM works with curator/writer Karen Alexander to provide mentoring and professional development support for a cohort of black curators, creatives and programmers from Bristol and Birmingham who have formed the Come the Revolution collective focused on programming for more diverse audiences in these cities and beyond.

The first programme of work from Come the Revolution was a series of screenings, discussions and special events reflecting on the Civil Rights movement and its icons, marking the 50th anniversary of Alex Haley’s seminal biography on Malcolm X. The strand included activity around new release Selma and a screening of Selma director Ava Duvernay's This is the Life, which took place on 13th May, sold out Watershed’s largest screen and filled the cafe bar for an after show party, with a significantly more diverse audiences than Watershed traditionally reaches.

32% were non-white (against 16% black or minority ethnic population in Bristol -[embed] As demonstrated by a survey (10% of audiences), responses were overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few headlines: 96% rated their experience as brilliant or good / 8% had not been to Watershed before / 100% are very likely or likely to attend a screening like this again / 35.5% attended an add-on event such as the Good life Party. Some audience feedback from the Come the Revolution Malcolm X season in Bristol:


“The events that I attended have caused me to look at Black American history and all the degrading aspects of this. Degrading to Europeans in particular for their criminal acts”


"Really glad this happened, engaging programme with introductions and Q&As, great curation.”


"I had watched the film recently elsewhere but wanted to watch is as part of a collective shared community building experience in Bristol and it was what I hoped for."


"Films like this need to be on more often @ the cinema & be shown in schools.”


"This event inspired me to read Malcolm X's autobiography which in it's self is leading me to question a number of things from a different perspective” 


"It was a safe space to discuss race and political filmmaking, which I feel is lacking in many cultural spaces.”

For past and present events click here.


Dr Edson Burton is a writer, & historian who's broad interest in Black History, Literature and Culture is united by his commitment to challenge and to reimagine Black experience.  Edson solidified his long standing relationship with the Watershed in 2014 when he curated last year's highly successful Afrofuturism season. His personal focus as part of the Come the Revolution Collective is on Black sexuality with a particular emphasis on performative sexualities.

Edson work overlaps with his role as a project coordinator at the Trinity Arts Centre


Elizabeth Chege trained as an architect and town planner but has long held a passion for film,art and music. She is from Kenya and is currently based in the UK where she is studying an MA in Curation. In 2013, she founded Cine Kenya which is a curatorial space devoted to African cinema with a special dedication to Kenyan cinema. It is a repository of inspirations that includes visual arts and music alongside its main focus on film. Elizabeth is also an editor at Dream Cities Kenya  and contributes to African Digital Art and Voices for Africa. She is also a co-curator for Afrika Eye Film Festival in Bristol.

@elchronicle | @Cine_Kenya



Roger Griffith is a successful social entrepreneur and local radio 

personality on a community radio station Ujima Radio CIC where he is a co-owner. After leaving school without qualifications he found the value of education through learning about his heritage and identity. He has a passion for sharing stories, observations and insights on a perspective seldom shown - through a black man’s eyes. Roger writes a monthly column for a cultural online magazine Bristol 24/7 and regularly appears as a pundit on BBC Bristol on the issues of race. He works tirelessly to promote those from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds who consider themselves without a voice or opportunity.



Adam is a freelance Music and Film critic, Camera Operator and member of Bristol’s Universal Magnetic Crew. After being Inspired by a mentoring experience on his student graduate film with the late Ken Russell, Adam was approached to submit an article for SHOOK Magazine about Killer Of Sheep and the work of Charles Burnett, which solidified an on going relationship with SHOOK for its 10 issue print run, with pieces ranging from the relationship between Comic Book and Hip Hop Culture to covering Brian Eno and Seun Kuti/Egypt 80 & Philip Glass at Brighton Festival in 2010. In 2014 he collaborated with Bristol’s Scratch Pro Audio, innoFADER sessions as a camera operator for DJ Cheeba, DJ Food & DJ Moneyshot’s, Caught in The Middle Of a 3 Way Mix, Beastie Boys Pauls Boutique tribute video to coincide with their tour and to celebrate 25 years of Solid Steel radio, Ninja Tune.  He is also a presenter on community radio station Ujima as a member of The Universal Magnetic Show. Adam has previously collaborated with The Watershed and Curator Dr. Edson Burton hosting a discussion entitled Slavery on Screen in conjunction with the release of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave as well as contributing to last years Afrofuturism season. His interests as a curator with Come The Revolution revolve around representations of Hip Hop culture on the screen; race, gender, and diversity.



Esther Lisk-Carew is Birmingham born, working across the UK as an Arts Operations Practitioner, working behind the scenes at arts festivals and events. Her interests include cultural diversity, feminism and science fiction.  She passionately believes that there need to be more opportunities to experience the stories of different groups that don’t always get the chance to be heard and that life is more interesting when you have a chance to view and discuss them, whether they are documentaries, dramas or comedies. She recently presented films as part of the BFI Sci-Fi Season.

Esther tweets under @shegeekbham, @CreativeBCuk for her day job as Administrator for Creative Black Country and reviews films at



Ian’s career in the arts began in 1994 as a founder member of Black Pyramid Film and Video, Bristol, which provided training in film production, as well as producing films and hosting an annual film festival in partnership withWatershed. 

He has since worked for several arts and cultural institutions, including The Drum Arts Centre (Birmingham), New Art Exchange (Nottingham) where he has continued to programme films and moving image. 

In a freelance capacity he is an associate producer at Vivid Projects, who are dedicated to exploring the convergence of film, video, performance and interdisciplinary practice. Recent projects include Free School and Fear of a Black Space. Other projects include, conducting creative conversations in preparation for artist Yara El Sherbini’s exhibition The Current Situation, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Development Producer of Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memories, a showcase of futuristic live sound art installation. Ian is currently a Director of Ort Gallery, an artist-led gallery space in Birmingham and Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Digital Humanities, University of Birmingham.

Twitter: @iashent