MELANIN BOX FESTIVAL 2018

FILM SCREENINGS

SELECTED SHORT FILMS
FALSE MEN BY CHRISTOPHER CHUKY DAY 1
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello. Set against the backdrop of a London council estate, we commence from the final act (Act V), the dark reveal and misfortune of Othello's death. Keeping to the original language written by Shakespeare, we see the loyalty amongst a group of local ‘friends’ become unstable.
Christopher Chuky is an award winning film noir director, actor and writer
FIGURE BY LANRE MALAOLU DAY 1
An experimental film about boys growing up without fathers. It explores how early detachment from a father figure affects emotional growth and engagement with the world. Through a dynamic fusion of physical theatre and hip-hop dance, the film follows two young men as they search for answers both outside and inside themselves.
Director, choreographer and performance maker based in London, UK, Lanre Malaolu is winner of the Zealous Emerge Performance Prize 2018. His work merges hip-hop & contemporary dance with physical theatre to create work which aims to enhance and challenge our social and political worldviews.
THE RIGHT CHOICE BY TOMISIN ADEPEJU DAY 2
With the help of an advisor, a husband and wife must answer three seemingly harmless questions to create their perfect designer baby. 
Tomisin Adepeju is a Nigerian-British Filmmaker based in London, UK. His award-winning shorts, The Good Son (2015) & Marianne (2016) have been selected at over 100 International film festivals and at several prestigious institutions
IMPRINT BY OVIE DAY 1 & 2
Remembering heritage. Using the memory of home/Africa to guide us in this western world. Just like a metaphor towards OVIE’s designs and art - they all resemble and are inspired by back home and cultural practice, which has be brought to life and being showcased here in western society. Keeping the legacy alive.
With a background in style and fashion, the vivacious Linek OVIE has worked with platforms, artists and  brands including LFW, ASOS, Reebook, Channel 4, Yemi Alade et al. This micro fashion film is her directorial debut.
SCALPED DOCUMENTARY BY INITIATIVE.DKF DAY 2
Looking into the creation process of the (outdoor) dance theatre exhibition piece Scalped. Playing on the idea that life is a fashion show, the piece explores attitudes towards black women’s hair in professional spaces and western society. With allusions to and inspiration drawn from the boundaryless Grace Jones, the overriding message of self-acceptance is shown through movement and rhythm in a world where the corporate meets the fantastic. A mix of fashion and otherness.
Melanin Box Festival creators and Talawa Theatre Associated Artists '17 /18, Initiative.dkf is a collaborative producing duo who create events and projects in theatre, dance and art-house film.
'An opportunity to tell our varied stories from our own mouths'
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