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  • Sun 19 Nov
  • 110 minutes
  • Director: Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg

Synopsis

Agents of Change is a powerful documentary about the black student-led protest movement on college campuses in the late 1960s, and its connection to the Black Lives Matter movement and campus protests of today.

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Dr Michelle Asantewa, Shani Page Muir and Rianna Raymond-Williams.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk