Alfreda’s Cinema Presents: The Passion of Remembrance
Director: Maureen Blackwood & Isaac Julien
UK / 1986 / 80 min
Intro by Alfreda’s Cinema curator Melissa Lyde
Available through Jul 28
The first feature from the Sankofa Film and Video Collective, The Passion of Remembrance, was made in response to social injustice in Britain in the 1980s, establishing the foundation of Black British Cinema. Co-directed by Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, the film blends mysticism and poetry to interrogate the Black experience, intertwining vignettes of Black family life, sexuality, and class struggle with a dystopian landscape as the backdrop for a penetrating discussion between a Black man and a Black woman that exposes the wounds of the Black Power movement. This month’s installment of Alfreda’s Cinema brings to question what will emerge following the media’s shift away from the impact of the horrific murder of George Floyd, the Chauvin guilty verdict, and the resulting and rightful uprising last summer. Some of us cannot forget what happened so quickly, and this inspired screening asks: “Where do we go from here?” The only way to answer that is to look to the past. The Passion of Remembrance is an essential film in the process of healing for Black people.