Films celebrate black women’s history

Marianna Michael previews a film festival coming up at the Dugdale Centre

Maya Angelou (credit William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

A film about American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is one of those featured at Enfield’s Dugdale Centre during Black History Month (credit William J. Clinton Presidential Library)

Enfield will become an epicentre of female empowerment through cinema across the second week of Black History Month.

Opening its doors for the community this October, a small but significant event to celebrate an array of strong films will be hosted at Dugdale Centre, alongside the Make It Happen Organisation. This will also form part of a celebration for Black History Month in Britain.

The week-long event starting on Monday 8th October will create a platform, welcoming stories worth seeing from a variety of filmmakers. As a collective, the series will depict some of the greatest biographies and narratives from a diverse community comprising a rich culture, heritage, and identity.

There are five films on show, starting with Winnie (2017). Written and directed by Pascale Lamche, the documentary takes an intimate view into the turbulent, often misunderstood and intriguing life of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Second is the historical documentary Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2015), telling the tale of an 18th Century leader of the revolting slaves, the Jamaican Maroons, and the country’s female national hero, Queen Nanny.

No film series of this nature would be without Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) which was the first feature documentary to be made of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, and went on to win several awards.

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald delves into the life of Whitney Houston for Thursday’s film Whitney (2018). Comprised of never-before-seen footage, alongside rare interviews and performances woven together, it makes for an intimate portrait of the music legend.

Finishing off the week is feature film Breaking In (2018). Starring Gabrielle Union, it tells the story of a woman who must protect her family during a home invasion at her late father’s home.

From fighting apartheid, to rising up against social injustice and highlighting the great achievements by these women, these films are a celebration of black women’s history.

The Black History Month film series runs between Monday 8th and Friday 12th October and all screenings start at 7pm. Tickets can be bought at Dugdale Centre’s box office or online:

Call 020 8807 6680