Selma- Black History Month Film Screening
Sydenham Arts Film is back this October! We’ve taken lots of precautions, so you can enjoy some great cinema safely. Tickets must be booked in advance- no tickets available on the door. Our events have a reduced, limited capacity- Book early to avoid disappointment.
Ava DuVernay, 2014, USA, Colour, 128 mins, Certificate: 12
October is Black History Month in the UK. It is also the month just before the November 3rd elections in the US, playing out during a pandemic, in one of the most turbulent, “angry”, regressive, abusive and violent years humanity has ever experienced. In America especially, things seem particularly grim and worrisome. The death (and possible replacement by the current president) of the Notorious RBG, aka legendary liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could tilt the Supreme Court further to the right, threatening some of women’s and people of colour’s hard won rights and freedoms, for generations to come.
How else could we respond to all this, but with a film like “Selma”. Directed by a talented, black, proud American woman, and produced by the emblematic Oprah Winfrey, it tells the true story of the campaign Dr Martin Luther King Jr launched in 1965 to secure equal voting rights. It included an epic, fearless march from Selma to Montgomery that laid bare for all to see the angry, senseless, violent opposition it faced by the white establishment and culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
It is an inspirational film that stars the magnificent David Oyelowo as the man and not the saint, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“Glory” by Common and John Legend), while it was also nominated for Best Picture. It will make you cry, and it will make you angry, but in the end, it will make you laugh triumphantly, full hope. Hope that change for the better is inevitable. Even if it takes a long, brave step forward in the face of two cowardly steps back.
PLEASE READ: Changes to our Screenings in light of Covid19
-Please note the earlier start time and venue change- screening will begin at 7pm at The Grove Centre, 2 Jews Walk.
-If you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling unwell, DO NOT ATTEND.
– Check in using the NHS Covid19 Tracing app. Posters with a venue QR Code will be placed in the venue. Scan to automatically receive updates alerting you to any case/outbreak. We will also contact all attendees in the event of any discovery of positive cases.
–Face Coverings (covering mouth and nose) must be worn throughout the screening, as per government guidance for cinemas, unless you are exempt. Staff may ask you to put on your face covering, please let them know if you are exempt.
-A One-Way system will be in place, and clearly marked throughout the venue.
–ALL REFRESHMENTS MUST BE ORDERED IN ADVANCE THROUGH EVENTBRITE– please select your refreshments from the ‘Add-Ons’. We will not be able to provide any additional refreshments not pre-booked, at the event.
-You will be asked to use the Hand Sanitizer provided on arrival.
-A queueing system will be in place outside the venue. Please observe the space markers laid out on the floor.
–‘Mingling’ inside the venue is not permitted. You will be shown to your seats where you should remain seated with your household/bubble. Toilets can be accessed via a one-way system. Please observe social distancing when moving through the venue.
-At the end of the screening, you will be asked to leave one-by-one. Please remain in your seats until you are asked to leave.
The above guidelines must be adhered to. Failure to comply may result in you being asked to leave with no refunds.
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