To support the activities of Black History Month at Goldsmiths, we’ve explored our audio-visual resources to highlight the British and American feature films that depict the histories and experiences of individuals, families and communities.
From Britain, we start with 1961’s ‘Flame in the Streets’, which looked at the tensions in Notting Hill, in the wake of the 1959 riots, and end with John Akomfrah’s 2013 documentary, ‘The Stuart Hall Project’.
From the US, we include the films of Spike Lee (‘Do The Right Thing’, ‘Bamboozled’) and a number of important films that deserve much more awareness and recognition (‘Nothing But A Man’, ‘Sidewalk Stories’).
Furthermore, we’ve looked into various archives to look into Black British History. The BFI Player has a number of free documentaries, whilst BFI InView: British History Through The Lens has documentaries that require sign-in with your Goldsmiths username/password. Both sites highlight the Black British experience from the 1940s-1990s and highlight the changes in society during that time.
We’ve also used Box of Broadcasts to create a bespoke playlist of documentaries that look at the Black History in both Britain and the US.
Use the PDFs below to find out how to access these resources: