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The Watermelon Woman + discussion

The White House
16 August

The Young Creatives invite you to a free screening of The Watermelon Woman at The Light House, a new pop-up cinema space in the White House Beacon Garden. The romantic comedy-drama follows Cheryl, an aspiring black lesbian filmmaker researching an elusive 1930s black actress known as the Watermelon Woman.

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Queercore: A Celebration of Outsider Pride

Genesis Cinema
16 August

Join The People's Film Club and Fringe! Film Festival for an exclusive screening of Queercore, a documentary which follows the rise of the radical queer subculture. The evening will start with an Outsider Pride art exhibition in Genesis Cinema’s bar, and all proceeds will go to The Outside Project, the UK's first LGBTIQ+ homeless shelter.

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Dreamgirls + silent disco

Alexandra Palace
18 August

Treat yourself to a silent disco dedicated to the best soul divas, followed by a special summer screening of Dreamgirls under the stars at Alexandra Palace Summer Festival. Presented by Block Party, a pop-up cinema that celebrates black and multicultural film programming through music, movies, art and street food at locations across London.

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BlacKkKlansman + satellite Q&A with Spike Lee

Selected venues
20 August

An incredible true story about a black detective who took on the KKK in the 1970s, Spike Lee's latest Cannes sensation will get a special preview screening at cinemas across the UK before going on general release later this month. Enjoy the energetic crowd-pleaser followed by a live satellite Q&A with the visionary filmmaker himself.

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Alternate Realities

Barbican
20-27 August

Discover the latest evolution of storytelling, using AR and VR technology from Sheffield Doc/Fest’s programme of interactive and immersive story-worlds. The free exhibition will be accompanied by screenings of documentary films that shine a light on worlds often hidden in shadows - from an impenetrable ancient cave to the journey of a migrant desperate for a chance at a different life.

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Seven Beauties + discussion

JW3
21 August

Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar, turns 90 in August. To celebrate, JW3 presents a very rare screening of Seven Beauties, her controversial 1975 masterpiece about an Italian criminal determined to survive the Holocaust. The brilliant director created a compelling black comedy that is still shocking today.

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Bull Durham

Regent Street Cinema
21 August

Kevin Costner plays minor-league baseball catcher 'Crash' Davis, caught in a love triangle with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, in this sexy, funny and poignant piece of summer twilight Americana. This special 30th anniversary screening concludes Kevin Costner: King of America, a mini-season curated by Misc. Films and The Badlands Collective.

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The Work + discussion

Deptford Cinema
22 August

Set inside Folsom Prison, The Work sees three men from the outside participate in an intensive group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past, working through issues of depression, grief, fatherhood and addiction. All proceeds from the screening will go to the youth charity Somerville Youth & Play Provision.

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Occupation 1968

Czech Embassy Cinema
23 August

In 1968, five countries of the Warsaw Pact occupied Czechoslovakia. Fifty years later, five directors from these countries shot five short films, portraying the event from the point of view of the soldiers who took part. Filmmakers from Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Russia took on this complicated topic in order to explore occupation through the eyes of the occupiers.

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