Passion of Remembrance

The Passion of Remembrance

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A Passion for Remembering: The Films of Maureen Blackwood


Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Maureen Blackwood & Isaac Julien
Anni Domingo, Joseph Charles, Antonia Thomas, Carlton Chance, Jim Findley, Ram John Holder
82 mins, 1986, UK
Primary language

The 35 and 16mm films that Maureen Blackwood made between 1986 and 1994 seem to have fallen under the radar of recent discussions of black British directors and UK-based feminist filmmakers - with the exception of The Passion of Remembrance (1986), Sankofa’s debut feature that she wrote and co-directed with the artist Isaac Julien.

Driven by two distinct storylines, the first centring on the black family in eighties London, surviving against a backdrop of economic depression, diverse protests (police brutality against Black people, gay rights, Greenham Common) and Black gay life. The other - revisits the black US and UK gender politics of the sixties/seventies played out like verbal combat in an unspecified remote location.

The result is a rigorous and passionate fusion of formal narrative and aesthetic experimentation.

35mm print c/o BFI with thanks to Maureen Blackwood