Month: October 2013


On this Reel Off Film Night we will be screening ‘Triumph off the Will’, the seminal propaganda film of the Nazi era, directed by Leni Riefenstahl. The film chronicles the Nazi Party Congress of 1934 and is still considered a masterpiece. It continues to influence a number of prominent directors.

This film night will be hosted by Abu Salahudeen, who studied Media at the University of Luton and was the Co-Founder and Director of Halaqah Media and Blackrunner Media. He is currently writing a book about Islam, politics and rights of people. His interest in ‘Triumph of the Will’ stemmed from the realization that many of the techniques used by the Nazis have been adopted in modern politics with devastating results.

6.30pm: Door is open (it is also fine to come earlier)
7pm: Introduction by Abu Salahudeen
7.30pm: Screening of Triumph of the Will by Leni Riefenstahl
9.30pm: Discussion


 24 October 2013: Battle of Algiers

On this film night, we will be screening one of the most influential political films of history, Battle of Algiers. Shot in documentary style, director Gillo Pontecorvo recreates a key year in the Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. This iconic film stars Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti and Fusia El Kader.

Sukant Chandan, political analyst and founder of the blog Sons of Malcolm and Hafsa Kara, Algerian patriot and conflict and political analyst will introduce Battle of Algiers and elaborate on how the film has influenced their political activism. The film will be followed by a discussion.

6.30pm:   Door is open (it is also fine to come earlier)
7pm:          Introduction by Sukant Chandan and Hafsa Kara
7.30pm:   Screening of Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo
9.30pm:   Discussion

Location: London

If you’d like to join this discussion, please contact us for an invitation.


Interested in a conference on blackface practices in Europe, take the survey


10 October 2013: Bamboozled

On our very first film night, we will be screening Bamboozled. Written and directed by Spike Lee, the film depicts a frustrated African American TV writer who proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, which to his shock, becomes a hit. This underground sleeper in the Lee pantheon stars Damon Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Michael Rapaport and Savion Glover. Media and cultural critic Mez will introduce Reel Off Film Nights with a brief introduction into the history of film studies, the various schools of thought in film theory and how Bamboozled inspired him to think more deeply about film. The film will be followed by a discussion.

6.30pm:    Door is open (it is also fine to come earlier)
7pm:            Introduction by media and cultural critic Mez
7.15pm:      Screening of Bamboozled by Spike Lee
9.45pm:      Discussion

Location: London