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The Time is Now, curated by June Givanni

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Image credit: Nottingham Contemporary

Image credit: Nottingham Contemporary

What is it about the film, arts, cultural practices and products and social debates of the decades of the 80s/90s that make them resonate so closely with contemporary life in the UK today? This programme of three screening events looks at a small selection of audiovisual work by black and Asian filmmakers and artists of those decades (including a feature film that has not been seen in the UK since the early 1980s) and presents some of them in juxtaposition with more recent work. Each event will be introduced by a host who will then chair an after-screening discussion with filmmakers or cast guests.  

The programme dovetailsto The Place Is Here exhibition “a title borrowed from a line in a poem inscribed onto the surface of Lubaina Himid's work We Will Be, as a call to root the powerful set conversations and practices that emerged in1980s Britain within the context of Nottingham and the UK”. The Time is Now? programme encourages opportunities to experience and to engage with these in relation to the strident voices in film of that time, and of now.

Chila Burman; Pratibha Parmar, Maybelle Peters; and the Ceddo Film Workshop, who are featured in The Time is Now?, also have other work exhibited in the show The Place Is Here.

The Time is Now? Screening 1
Sat 4 Feb, 2-5pm

The Hard Stop (2015) dir. George Amponsah
The People's Account (1986) dir. Milton Bryan/Ceddo

Followed by Q&A chaired by Patcee Francis (Syncopate Media).

The Time is Now? Screening 2
Sat 25 Feb, 2-5pm

Screenings of shorts:
Emergence (1986) and A Place of Rage (1991) dir. Pratibha Parmar
Mama Lou (1994) dir. Maybelle Peters
Candy Pop & Juicy Lucy dir. Chila Burman
White Men are Cracking Up (1994) dir. Ngozi Onwurah

Followed by Q&A chaired by artist Suman Buchar.

The Time is Now? Screening 3
Sat 25 March, 2-5pm

Utterance (1990) dir. Pervaiz Khan
Maila (1982) dir. Salmaan Peerzada

Followed by a Q&A session chaired by June Givanni (Pan African Cinema Archive).


June Givanni is a film curator, archivist and international consultant in African and African diaspora cinema, with Black British Cinema at its core. A leader in this sector for more than 30 years, she  has worked at major institutions including the British Film Institute and with the Toronto International Film Festival. June has worked to stage major film festivals in the UK and internationally and is known as an expert in the field generally and has published work in this area. A by-product of June’s decades of film curating is an archive based on collections from her activities in this field*. Recent Archive shows have included ‘,Movements’ at Chelsea College of Art and Birkbeck, supported by Creativeworks London 2014;  An Archive Studio Installation for the 5th Pan African Congress Show at Autograph ABP 2015; and at the Black British Arts of the ‘80s’ Show, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven 2016. Forthcoming is archive curated presentations in The Place is Here show: and the curated events programme ‘The Time is Now’ at Nottingham Contemporary, Spring 2017. June is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College of Art.

*June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (


Earlier Event: January 26
UNTITLED: Artists in Conversation