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The Passion of Remembrance

Isaac Julien
1986
95 mins Colour 16mm
With Maureen Blackwood

The Passion of Remembrance

Within a dramatic framework the film gives a mosaic impression of the different dimensions of Black experience lived and imagined by a generation of filmmakers in the UK.

Produced by Sankofa, a film cooperative formed in 1983 by black feminist and gay filmmakers, The Passion of Remembrance is a work about racism, sexism, homosexuality, and the generation gap, and their effects on a black British family. The film has two story lines: one features a black man and woman in a desert landscape, discussing the plight of blacks in the U.K. He is aggressive, she shows restraint. The second shows life for the Baptiste family through its personal histories from the 50s to the 80s. Issues of race and sexuality arise, fragments of identities surface and suggest the diversity of a black family's experience in Britain. Writer/directors Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien also use footage from the inner-city riots that swept Britain in 1981 and shots of gay demonstrations to portray the government's harsh attitude toward its minorities.

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