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A Call For A Black Bristol Filmmakers Archive

Sobers, Shawn


Shawn Sobers
Associate Professor - Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice


In this introduction to the Sudanese documentary film 'Talking About Trees', Sobers brings the storyline to a Bristol context. He charts Bristol's own history of professional Black filmmakers, and argues that making films alone is no longer enough. For filmmakers passionate about representation and social justice, we have the responsibility to also consider how the work will be seen and archived, making our work accessible for future audiences, creatives and researchers. A failure to take care of this aspect of the city's filmmaking history, will see the narrative of 'Talking About Trees' played out closer to home.


Sobers, S. (2019, November). A Call For A Black Bristol Filmmakers Archive. Presented at Afrika Eye Festival 2019, Watershed, Bristol

Presentation Conference Type Speech
Conference Name Afrika Eye Festival 2019
Start Date Nov 10, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2019
Keywords filmmaking, black filmmakers, archive, bristol
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