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Baldwin's Nigger plus panel discussion "Racism and healing the wounds of the past"

As part of the Ending Racism theme of Rise-Up, we screen Horace Ové's first film, which documents American writer and social critic James Baldwin and social rights activist Dick Gregory discussing the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s Great Britain.

Shot in a plain and simple verité style in black and white, the film represents a triumph for the filmmaker in presenting dialogue between black people as if no white people were present. 

This allows the speakers and audience to deal with issues without the need to self-censor. In addition it allows James Baldwin to make a direct connection with his mostly African-Caribbean audience by drawing on cadences, language and a vibe which cuts through the varied African cultures of the New World.

The issues raised by Baldwin and Dick Gregory, as well as from the floor, will be familiar to contemporary audiences, but Baldwin's responses are never clichéd and prove provocative even today.

The post-screening panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Hannah Durkin (Newcastle University), and featuring George Amponsah and Dionne Walker (the creative team behind the vital recent documentary The Hard Stop); Esther Stanford-Xosei (reparations legal expert, activist, broadcaster and public speaker); and local activist Daniel Kebede (Newcastle Unites, National Education Union, and Blair Peach Award recipient).


Event Information

Running Time: 48 mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): Horace Ové

Country of Origin: UK

Year of release:

Language(s): English

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Fri 03 Nov

This is part of the Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty and War season

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Panel Discussion

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Healing wounds of the past in the present', which will discuss the historical and contemporary struggle against racism, and the concept of reparations; featuring Esther Stanford-Xosei, NE activist Daniel Kebede, The Hard Stop director George Amponsah and writer/producer Dionne Walker, chaired by Dr. Hannah Durkin. 

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