Screening of Pressure & discussion with Charlie Phillips
Black History Month is an annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. In 2016 we mark Black History Month with a programme of events that focus on RACE@LSHTM and ask the questions: What Do We Teach? How Do We Research? Who Do We Employ?
Opening our Black History Month 2016 events programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, “Pressure” is a vivid portrait of racial, cultural and generational tensions in inner city London in the 1970s. It follows a Black, British teenager born to Trinidadian parents, exploring how perceptions and prejudice collide against a backdrop of marginalisation, politics, discrimination and aspirations for a better life. It captures a defining moment in the evolution of multicultural London.
The creation of Pressure itself marks a seminal point in the achievements of Black British cinema. It is the first feature length fiction movie directed by a Black film-maker in the UK, and still provides a platform to explore challenges and opportunities around equality, diversity and inclusion today.
Following the screening, the School is delighted to host a Q&A with Charlie Phillips – Photographer and Chronicler of Black history within London. Charlie’s collection of images expands decades of life in the local community of Notting Hill, West London, focusing on the growing Black population and includes rare shots of people such as Muhammad Ali. His work has been exhibited in the V&A and featured in several magazines, such as Harper Bazaar.
Check out the V&A article on Charlie Phillips.
Join us for this exciting event to launch Black History Month 2016 @ LSHTM. This event is supported by the School's Black History Month Committee, and the Equality & Diversity Committee.
Other events in the series include:
- Race in Epidemiology on Tuesday 11 October
- On the Sofa: Pathways to Success for Black People on Wednesday 13 October
- Screening of Baseball in the Time of Cholera & discussion on Monday 17 October
- Race, Infections and Zombies: Talk and Film Screening on Tuesday 18 October
- Intersecting Race & Disability on Tuesday 18 October
- Debate on Surveying Race at the School on Thursday 20 October