The BFI Presents Unbound: Visions of the black feminine

AFROBLUSH readers get 241 film tickets for Unbound: Visions of the black feminine @The BFI 

This month I’m partnering with the British Film Institute (BFI) for Unbound: Visions of the black feminine, a season recognising Black female filmmakers and their contribution to an extraordinary cinematic legacy. 

To celebrate the series I’m offering my readers 241 tickets (whoop!) on all the films screening as part of the Unbound: Visions of a black feminine season. It’s important to me that as Black women, not only do we have the means to express ourselves, we support and make it possible for each other to do so too.

Redeem your 241 offer

Click here to find out more about the season and see the full list of screenings.

Use the code AFRICA241 to redeem the 241 offer and tweet me @afroblush to let me know what films you’ll be seeing, maybe I’ll bump into you there. Hashtag: #afroblushunbound

About Unbound: Visions of the black feminine

The Unbound season is organised by and will be held at the BFI which exists to promote and preserve film making and television in the United Kingdom. Unbound: Visions of the black feminine is curated by Tega Okiti

As conversations about black womanhood dominate culture today, from #BlackGirlMagic to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche declaring ‘we should all be feminists’, Unbound revisits works that have historically been obscured from view, and introduces a new band of pioneers, with stories that are ripe for rediscovery.

An unbroken line of influence can be traced back from Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade to the imprint left on cinema by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust: a connection highlighting the profound cultural legacy of images created by and about black women. With roots in theatre and activism – and springing from film movements such as the LA Rebellion and the Sankofa Film Collective in the UK – the works in this season are imbued with mesmerising poetic qualities, experimental techniques and a dedication to reflecting the black feminine in all its multitudes.

Here’s the list of films being shown, which ones will you see?

Pariah – The powerful story of a Brooklyn teen who embraces her queer identity, told with sumptuous visuals.

Passion of Remembrance  Using real and mystical landscapes, Blackwood and Julien create a visual mosaic signifying the black British experience of the 80s.

Second Coming Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall star in this uncanny urban mystery about a miraculous pregnancy.

Daughters of the Dust – Dash’s restored masterpiece tells of three generations of women who grapple with the decision to leave their roots in the Sea Islands, off the coast of South Carolina.

Sisters in Science Fiction – An afternoon of independent shorts and discussion on the themes of Afro-futurism, women, spirituality and activism.

Eve’s Bayou – In the Louisiana bayous, where the air is thick with magic and secrets, a girl witnesses the infidelity of her father…

Welcome II the Terrordome Uncompromising throughout, Onwurah’s film traces the legacy of slavery in the racial tensions and police brutality of the present.

Sugar Cane Alley – A coming-of-age story, set in Martinique under French colonial rule, received widespread critical acclaim.