Celebrating its 15th year, the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) has returned for a ten-day stint. Screening hundreds of UK and international short films from across music, culture, and politics, LSFF will run 12 to 21 January.
The festival is a vital moment in the UK film calendar, a beacon of inclusive and ground-breaking film-making from a diverse range of backgrounds.
LSFF has a strong BAME strand this year which is led by director Julie Dash with her ground-breaking Daughters of the Dust (1991). This is a multi-generational tale of the Black women of Gullah struggling to hold onto their culture. 25 years later, Dash’s work is having a resurgence and has taken its place on the world stage. Visually spellbinding and timely in its subject matter, Dash’s film provides a touchstone to inspire Black womanhood.
At Rio, a film programme called L.A. Rebellion will take place followed by a panel discussion. Coined by Black Film Review’s Clyde Taylor, the collection refers to a critical mass of American filmmakers of African origin. They are brought together at the UCLA Film School in the late ‘60s. They envisioned an alternative to Hollywood, a new independent cinema sensitive to the real lives of Black communities.
From Punk Islam, Brexit and Poetry…
Additionally, they questioned the onscreen representation of Black people in the United States. This is followed by Muslim Punk And The New Subculture. It is a screening of Omar Majeed’s landmark documentary Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam. There will also be a live performance from The Tuts and panel discussion hosted by filmmaker Hammad Khan. They will be asking what happened to Taqwacore, and ‘how is class, race, and gender tied in with Muslim resistance to Trump and Brexit?’
In addition to the BAME highlights, there will be a celebration of Ngozi Onwurah’s body of work. As the first Black British woman filmmaker to have a feature film released in UK cinemas, the festival will celebrate Ngozi’s legacy with a screening of early works. There will also be a panel discussion on Ngozi Onwurah: Short Films.
With Persian poetry too, there is plenty to get immersed in during the festival. For dates and full listings, click here.
TNT Arts & Culture