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Newcastle indie picture palace Tyneside Cinema and North-East theatre company Northern Stage present Playing the White Card – a series of films exploring issues of race, racism and whiteness in the UK and beyond.

The film that inspired this event was Northern Stage’s April premiere of Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, a thought-provoking and timely play about a white art collector puts white liberalism under the microscope. There will be a screening of The White Card on Sunday 12th April, as well as an introduction and Q&A with the director Natalie Ibu.

Other films that continue this conversation take in stories from Black British life in the UK over the past 50 years and stories of discrimination and struggle in the USA. They include Babylon, an evocative portrait of Black life and racial tension in 1980’s Britain, Stanley Nelson’s (Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) Oscar-nominated documentary, Attica and Black Power: A British Story of Resistance the new film from George Amponsah about the history of the Black Power movement in the UK – all of which will be screened on Saturday 11th June.

Then completing the programme on Sunday 12th June is Handsworth Songs, which explores the realities of the Handsworth riots in Birmingham in 1985, Seven Songs for Malcolm X, envisaging the death and life of the African American revolutionary, Justin Simien’s wonderful campus comedy Dear White People and Newcastle-born filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah’s 1994 short film White Men Are Cracking Up.

All tickets are priced at £5 and available here.

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