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SAT 21 OCT 2017


This October, South by South, the SLG’s quarterly screening of bold and innovative African cinema, presents an extended programme in celebration of Black History Month. Responding to its themes of health and wellbeing, the event will include a film screening and discussion in partnership with sexual health charities NAZ and MAN ON.

12-1.30pm: Masterclass for aspiring filmmakers led by Joseph A. Adesunloye, Director

2pm: Panel discussion with Marc Thompson chaired by Joseph A. Adesunloye. Marc Thompson has been involved in advocating for social justice for 25 years, with a focus on Black minority and ethnic communities, sexual health and HIV. He is particularly interested in the intersection of race, sexuality and HIV and the impact it has on individuals and society.

3.30pm: Screening of Brother Outsider (2003) a documentary about the life of American civil rights organiser Bayard Rustin, directed by Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates. A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. Despite his achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era.

12-6pm: A display of photos by ethnic minority women living with HIV. Ethnic minority women are disproportionately affected by HIV infections making up 80% of women accessing HIV care in this country. In spite of this, the stories and experiences of these women are largely absent in the HIV narrative. Earlier this year, NAZ ran participatory photographic workshops for ethnic minority women living with HIV. During the sessions, the participants explored their own experiences and perspectives of living with HIV in the context of themes such as gender, power, race, stigma and sexuality.


To book call 020 7703 6120, the box office is open 11am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday and 11am-9pm on Wednesdays. Or email mail@southlondongallery.org with your name, amount of tickets and contact number.

South by South 2017 is presented in partnership with MUBI. 

With thanks to Southwark Council.


British-Nigerian filmmaker, Joseph A. Adesunloye has a Masters of Arts English Literature & Film Studies from the University of Aberdeen and also attended the London Film Academy. After freelancing in film he set up his own film production company, DreamCoat Productions. He also established Screening Africa and soon began programming for film festivals including Film Africa and heads South by South, a quarterly African film programme at the South London Gallery. In 2012 he was commissioned to direct a play he co-wrote as part of Nigeria’s Olympic celebrations, ‘Labalaba’ adapted from a feature screenplay of Madame Butterfly. In 2013 he was one of the producers of a feature film called MLE, a British / Canadian co-production. In 2014 his short film, Beyond Plain Sight, premiered at Raindance Film Festival and was nominated ‘Best British Short Film’. The film went on to play BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival and other festivals. White Colour Black is his first feature film as a director.

An activist, mentor and film buff, Marc Thompson has worked in Public Health and been an advocate for social justice for 25 years, with a focus on Black minority and ethnic communities, sexual health and HIV. He is particularly interested in the intersection of race, sexuality and HIV and the impact it has on individuals and society. Marc has worked and volunteered with various community based organisations including GMFA, Big Up, Living Well and Terrence Higgins Trust. Marc is also a co-founder of www.prepster.info, a community based intervention that aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond and a co-founder and editor of www.blkoutuk.com a website dedicated to providing a safe space for black gay men to share their narratives and build community.

Image: Rustin at March office — AP