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International Summer School

Shifting Black British Identities: Immigration, nationality, and race on film in the 70’s and 80’s

Since the end of the second war, black visibility on the big screen in Britain has constantly strived to carve out spaces for a definitive identity that breaks away from the monolithic image of the a high-class aristocratic white British population.

International Summer School
International Summer School

Being an important time of transition, from the Silent to the Baby Boomers generation and from the first-generation immigrant to the first-generation born British citizen, the 70s and 80s focused on this shifting black identity and the question of assimilation. Pressure (1976), Liverpool 8 (1972), and Blood Ah Go Run (1982) are just a few films that show a multifaceted view of class, race, and identity in black Britain. In this summer school program, we will look at a few key concepts:  What role has assimilation played in the black British experience on film? Is one’s cultural preservation a hindrance or a form of empowerment? And what barriers, not exclusives to black immigrates, do any group of migrants face in Britain today? Compared to the past.

The academic organising this topic is Dr Michael Hammond, Associate Professor in Film.  Find out more about the PGR tutor, Kenneth Norwood, on our Meet your PGR Tutor page.

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