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LAUNCH OF 2024 WINDRUSH CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVAL

LAUNCH OF WINDRUSH CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2024

Transitions & Travels – The Journey Continues

First Ever Outdoor Cinema Screening in Windrush Square to take place on 23 June

13 June 2024 — The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) launches today with the theme Transition and Travels – The Journey Continues. Now in its fifth year the Festival celebrates Black British film making and the legacy of storytelling about the contributions of the Windrush generation and their descendants.

Held at the Rich Mix cinema in East London attendees of the launch learned which of the more than 60 films that applied to be screened were successful.

From 13 June audiences worldwide will be able to access the 2024 Windrush Caribbean Film Festival online, on-demand with 30 days to complete viewing.

Starting on 19 June, audiences will be able to attend in-person screening, interviews and panel discussions to continue the celebration. Featuring new works from up-and-coming creators, the Festival also draws on extensive archives for historic storytelling.

In an important new dimension, the Festival is pleased to be working in partnership with Friends of Windrush Square to provide the first ever outdoor cinema screening in Brixton’s Windrush Square on Sunday 23 June, as part of the Big Caribbean Lunch, honouring the legacy of the Windrush Generation. The event, running from noon to 7pm, will see 100 original members of Windrush Generation and their descendants enjoy a Caribbean lunch and storytelling to the soundtrack of music they brought with them to Britain.

Festival co-founder and Director Patricia Hamzahee says,The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival is delighted to add this exciting outdoor cinema experience to the Big Caribbean Lunch. Guests will be able to watch a selection of engaging short films and end with Super Sam, an inspiring tribute to 98-year-old Brixtonian Clovis Salmon.”

The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival will showcase over 30 films across three cities (Birmingham, London & Newport Wales) in addition to watching this online, offering an exciting programme of feature, documentary and short films. The Festival culminates with a 29 June Closing Ceremony where awards will be given for Best Short, Best Feature and Best Film along with two special awards:  the Paulette Wilson Windrush Justice Award given in memory of the tireless campaigner for justice who confronted the continuing Windrush scandal and the Menelik Shabazz Award given to an outstanding up and coming Black British filmmaker.  Adjani Salmon won the inaugural Shabazz award last year.

Festival Programming
This year’s theme of Transitions & Travels highlights the importance of movement for Caribbean people from their home countries to the UK and how this history was emulated through the journey of some aboard HMS Empire Windrush. Each year careful thought is given to the Festival’s theme. The inaugural Festival in 2020 focused on Justice as the Windrush generation continues to fight for compensation and Britain’s Black communities faced devasting racial and social injustice. In 2021 we celebrated the Art of Carnival while 2022 explored the Legacy from Empire to Commonwealth. Last year, for the 75th anniversary, we celebrated The Journey Starts Here.

Director of WCFF Ansel Wong CBE says, “This is an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant and diverse Caribbean communities in Britain, their profound impact on life in the UK, and the continuing contributions they and their descendants make today.”

To purchase tickets please visit windrushfilmfestival.com

If you are interested in speaking to anyone involved in the Festival, please contact Marina Forsythe from M2elevate at marina@m2elevate.uk or call 07595 979889 for further information

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Notes to Editors

2024 Windrush Caribbean Film Festival host cities and partner venues

Newport, Wales                                    21- 23 June, The Riverfront

London                                      22 June, The Ritzy Brixton

Birmingham                                         23 June Mockingbird Cinema

London                                 23 June, Big Caribbean Lunch, Windrush Square

London                                                  29 June, Closing Ceremony and Awards, The Ritzy 

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2024 Windrush Caribbean Film Festival official selections (subject to change)

Title                                                                                                Director

Black Stroke                                                                                  Olivia Smart

Burnt Milk                                                                                       Joseph Elmhirst

Choke Hold                                                                                   Joel Ayuk

Civic                                                                                               Dwayne LeBlanc

Dementia: The Island Journey                                                    Rianna Patterson

Fearless                                                                                          Noella Letitia Mingo

Flame                                                                                             C’drick Fremont

Hard to Reach                                                                              Darryl Foster

Homegrown                                                                                  Corinne Walker

Iconography: Roy Cape                                                             Mikhail Neruda Gibbings

Ivan                                                                                                Jazz Pitcairn

Mosiah                                                                                           Jirard

Otros hombres                                                                               Geury Calderon Castro

Paria’s Pearl                                                                                    Suelyn Choo

RèD                                                                                                 Fabienne Orain-Chomaud

Results Day                                                                                     Omari McCarthy

Returned                                                                                        Janett Marrett

Santiago of the Women                                                               Rosamary Berrios

Save Me                                                                                         Amani Simpson

Secret Lives: The Untold Story of British Hip Hop                 Eunice Olumide

Shielding Sheila                                                                             Joyce Ann Grey-Carter

Some Sweet Day                                                                           Rasheed Peters

Sugarlands                                                                                     Akley Olton

That Great British Documentary                                               Joan Hillery

The Happiest Time                                                                       Mia Harvey

This Light is Fire, Too                                                                   Dwayne LeBlanc

Tula Lives!                                                                                      Thijs Borsten

Who We Were, Who We Became                                            Darshan Gajjar

Windrush75: Forging Ahead                                                      R

Like Water  Water                                                                         Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black                                

Then Or Now                                                                                 Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black       

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