In 1969 pioneering black British director Horace Ove (known for films such as ‘Pressure’ (1976) and Playing Away (1987)) made the iconic film ‘Baldwin’s Nigger’. The verite style film showed writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin and comedian/campaigner Dick Gregory speaking to an audience at London’s West Indian Student Centre. This year artist Barby Asante has been working with young people at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London on a series of workshops and events inspired by Baldwin’s and Ove’s exploration of issues of race, identity, education and social justice in the UK and USA. The project is called ‘Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded’. On Friday 22nd October there will be a day-long multi-media event led by Barby at Iniva. The day will culminate in a showing of Horace Ove’s original film, followed by a discussion panel. The panel will include both director Horace Ove and CRRE Deputy Director Paul Warmington, who has advised on the BNR Project, drawing on his own research on black intellectuals.
Find out more on the Baldwin's Nigger Reloaded project website