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Channel 4 marks UK’s Black History Month with docs and shorts slate

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned digital platform gal-dem to curate a collection of documentaries to mark Black History Month in the UK and Europe this October. Gal-dem will produce six ...
September 30, 2019

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned digital platform gal-dem to curate a collection of documentaries to mark Black History Month in the UK and Europe this October.

Gal-dem will produce six short films to accompany a catalog of archived titles that revolve around the black British experience. Each short will feature a conversation with someone related to the original documentary, which includes Just like Mohicans (1985), Desmond’s (1989), Justice for Joy (1995), The Event: How Racist Are You? (2009), Chewing Gum (2015), and Black Lesbian Handbook (2015).

In addition, C4 will broadcast six short films from young black directors revolving around the theme of ‘Black Britain’, which have been commissioned by Random Acts and will be made available on the Random Acts YouTube channel.

The six C4 films include Adeyemi Michael’s experimental science documentary Dark Matter; Anna Fearon’s The Muse, an intimate portrait of how queer women of color view themselves; Dumas Haddad’s The Gift, which uncovers the origins of grime music in the UK; Stephen Isaac Wilson’s Ajamu: Joyful Insurrection, which explores queer photographer and artist Ajamu x and his exploration of black gay kink and sexuality; Theresa Lola’s mental illness-focused doc Everything Feels Like Water; and Antoine Marc’s Wither, which uses dance to explore “the ever-evolving state of being” that defines who we are.

The channel will also launch the previously announced specialist factual program Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o (working title) from SandStone Global Productions, and Khalik Allah’s documentary Black Mother, which is described as a “personal spiritual exploration of the heart and history of Jamaica.”

“This is content which provides a lens for the entire nation of what it means, not just to be ‘black British’, but to be British today,” said Fatima Salaria, Channel 4′s head of specialist factual, in a statement.

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