UK Premiere: Alma’s Rainbow + Short

classified 15

Restored & Rediscovered


Thu 25 July 17:40

Cinema 2, Watershed

Ayoka Chenzira, Maureen Blackwood
Kim Weston-Moran, Mizan Nunes, Jennifer Copeland,, Ellen Thomas, Ashabi Ajikawo, Simon Lee Clarke
96 mins, 1994, USA, UK
Primary language

A coming-of-age comedy-drama about three African American women living in Brooklyn, Alma's Rainbow explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) as she enters womanhood and navigates standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights women have over their bodies.

Ayoka "Ayo" Chenzira is an independent African-American director producer. She is the first African American woman animator and one of a handful of Black experimental filmmakers working since the late 1970s.

A new 4K restoration from Academy Film Archive, Film Foundation, and Milestone Films presented by T A P E Collective as part of SNAPSHOTS of Black Girlhood found in cinema, made possible with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Screening with short film Home Away From Home (Dir: Maureen Blackwood, 1993, 11 mins) Sankofa Film Collective's Maureen Blackwood renders the often unspoken experience of loneliness and sacrifice within migration stories. Her short was an official selection for Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival (1994) and Winner of Best European Short Film, Films des Femmes, France (1995).

With a short performance by poet, cultural producer, writer, broadcaster Muneera Pilgrim. The performance will feature BSL interpretation.

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