I’ve been meaning to give this great festival some love for a while. As an introduction to what it’s all about, there’s little I can say that the official blurb can’t tell you with authority, so:
Images of Black Women (IBW) Film Festival has acted for nearly a decade as the only advocate for change in the representation of black women in film, presenting the global black experience with a focus on women in varied roles such as actresses, directors, screenwrites and producers.
Over the years IBW has supported upcoming filmmakers by providing visibility through its its Emerging Filmmaker Forum & helped short-film competition winners as Rungano Nyoni (Mwansa The Great) produce their next film projects. The Festival also premiered work from renowned directors such as the first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance 2012 Ava DuVernay, root-shaking documentary director Regina Kimbell for MY NAPPY ROOTS and welcomed international film icon Euzhan Palcy.
This year (2013) we will be at various venues across London with a special addition of free Art Exhibitions: Feminine Expressions & Representations.
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This year’s programme, spread across a host of London venues, looks fantastic, including such highlights as a screening of Dee Rees’ excellent Pariah, the UK Premiere of Ava DuVernay’s award-winning The Middle of Nowhere [pictured above], and Adopted I.D., a documentary screening as part of the BFI’s African Odysseys strand uncovering the extraordinary journey of Judith Craig, who was abandoned at birth and bravely returned to the impoverished nation of Haiti to find her parents.
Here’s the link for the festival website, and here’s the official festival trailer: