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Betty: They Say I'm Different + Q&A

Rich Mix
12 July

Creatively blending documentary and animation, Betty: They Say I'm Different traces the path of Betty Davis' life, from her humble upbringing to becoming a black female pioneer - breaking boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with Director Phillip Cox. 

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Dementia + panel discussion 

Barbican Centre
12 July

Shot entirely without dialogue and filled with suggestive violence and psycho-sexual imagery, Dementia follows the nocturnal prowling of a young woman haunted by guilt after murdering her father. Presented by feminist horror film collective The Final Girls, this screening also features a panel discussion exploring how horror films portray mental illness and female anxieties.

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Mandela Film Festival

Africa Centre
14 July

Black History Studies and Decolonising the Archive presents the Mandela Film Festival - a day filled with films, Q&As and music to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela. Screenings include Accused #1: Nelson Mandela, a documentary recounting the untold story of the Rivonia Trial, and Winnie, a nuanced look at the misunderstood and powerful political figure.

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Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Rio Cinema
15 July

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library explores one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning to reveal a place of welcome and cultural exchange, as it reconfigures itself for the digital age. This screening is shown in partnership with The British Library/the Living Knowledge network and Modern Films.

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Vertigo

Rich Mix
15 July

Set in San Francisco, Vertigo tells the story of an acrophobic detective hired to trail a friend’s suicidal wife. However, after he successfully rescues her from a leap into the bay he finds himself becoming obsessed with the beautiful, troubled woman. To celebration the 60th anniversary of this chilling classic, Rich Mix are screening a 4k restoration!

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Do The Right Thing 

Lexi Cinema
16 July

On the hottest day of the year in New York City, tensions are starting to boil in a Brooklyn neighbourhood. Shot in dizzying Technicolor and packed with hip-hop and soul tunes, Spike Lee's scorching satire on race in America is just as poignant as it was on release in 1989. This screening is shown as part a new series at Lexi Cinema, exploring film history and introducing current debates in cinema culture.

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The Curse Of Frankenstein + discussion

Institute Of Light
16 July

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, ?Science Fiction Theatre present a special screening of horror classic The Curse Of Frankenstein. Be sure to get there early, as before the film Dr Kathryn Harkup will explore the science behind Mary Shelley’s novel, and offer a practical guide to collecting, assembling and reanimating your own Frankenstein’s monster.

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Girlhood

Prince Charles Cinema
16 July

Unhappy with her abusive family and lack of school prospects, Marieme joins an all-girl gang in the projects of Paris and is slowly turned out of her shell. However, as she falls further under the gang's bravado and volatile energy, she begins making brave and dangerous choices. Don't miss Céline Sciamma's searing portrayal of the panic and hope of adolescence.

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Tainted Love 

93 Feet East
18 July

Depictions of sexuality, freedom of expression and eroticism are put on display in Shorts On Tap's latest Tainted Love season. Featuring incredible short films, Q&As and special guests, get ready for a unique selection of nine works from some exceptional short film directors, writers and producers.

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