EVENT: Flicks & Thoughts present 'I Am Slave' film screening
May 22, 2017
Who are Flicks & Thoughts?
Flicks & Thoughts is a film club which was created to bring together black women from all walks of life to explore various issues that impact the community. Although men are occasionally invited along to events, the target audience is mainly black women. Flicks & Thoughts screen films and provide opportunities for you to hear from speakers and have open discussions about topics ranging from relationships to racism. Through goodie bags and giveaways they also aim to share knowledge and support and showcase brilliant black businesses that are on the rise. A proportion of all profits made are donated to charities that endeavour to support people in the black community who need it most.
The film club’s last event came in response to the famine taking place in East Africa, aiming to raise money to support those in need. 'Mandela: a Long Walk to Freedom' was shown, followed by a discussion about the crisis and what could be done to help improve the situation.
The upcoming screening of ‘I Am Slave’ will take viewers back to East Africa, following the story of a Sudanese girl, and once again raise important topics for discussion.
What is the film about?
‘I Am Slave’ is a Channel 4 film inspired by Mende Nazer's book 'Slave' which is based on the author’s own enslavement. The film tells the story of main character Malia’s life,from capture to slavery to freedom. As detailed in the synopsis: 'Wunmi Mosaku stars as Malia, a Sudanese girl who is abducted from her home in a small mountain village during the civil war and forced to work as a domestic slave first in North Africa and later in London. Stripped of her passport and identity, Malia suffers in silence until it becomes clear that if she cannot find some way to escape, her already hopeless situation could end in tragedy. Meanwhile, her doting father (Isaach De Bankolé) continues his tireless search for her.’
A bit more about Mende Nazer…
Mende, who was taken from her village in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains at the age of 12 during the civil war and forced into slavery, was sold and enslaved in Khartoum for 7 years and later in London, where she managed to escape in September 2000. After her escape, she worked with her close friend and journalist Damien Lewis to write the book 'Slave' to share her story. Mende received the Madrid-based Coalition Against Racism (CECRA) International Award for European Human Rights in 2002.
Today she lives in New York and is an author and human rights activist who has shared her story with the world. Mende has used this platform to not only spread awareness but also created a Foundation to help children in her homeland have the best opportunities, through a range of programmes including those that provide access to education and clean water.
A 'Thoughts' ticket will give you the opportunity to hear directly from Mende and also to ask her questions about her work. You also receive tea, coffee and biscuits, and a goodie bag which includes a copy of the film on DVD.