Time & Location
Nov 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM UTC
Glasgow film theatre, 12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB, UK
About the event
In person - 6pm or Online Tickets ( 9 days ) - https://watch.eventive.org/aim2022/play/635fa101a8c0bb0036dd1970
We are delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of James Spooner's Afro-Punk, an award-winning documentary exploring the roles of African Americans within what was, then, an overwhelmingly white punk scene across the United States of America. The film focuses on the lives of four African Americans dedicated to the punk rock lifestyle and its values, interspersed with interviews from Black punk rockers from all over the United States. Fans of the film and the music inspired an alternative movement that later became the annual Afropunk Festival.
Afro-Punk explores the lives of Black youth within a white punk subculture, with the aim of expanding notions of Blackness and reclaiming rock's roots by providing a platform for Black artists that were not given the opportunity elsewhere. Growing up bi-racial on the streets of New York City, Spooner discovered and connected with the punk music scene and its culture, but also felt alienated from both his white peers in the scene and the Black community outside the scene. After examining the world of hardcore punk in America at the time, and noticing the lack of people of colour, along with the absence of dialogue around race despite its activist leanings, he began to question what it means to be Black within alternative scenes. A pre-recorded Q&A with director James Spooner hosted by Adam Murray will play shortly after the online screening of the film.
Content Notes: This film contains strong language that some may find offensive and is geo-blocked to UK region only.
Adam Murray is the founder of Bristol Black Horror Club, a critic, and a regular programmer with film collectives and festivals, such as Come The Revolution, Cinema Rediscovered, Cables & Cameras and Commonhand. He is also a member of Universal Magnetic Radio Show. His programming interests focus on Blackness and the African diaspora on screen. With a particular passion for exploring Mixed-Race identity, Global Hip Hop Culture, Science Fiction: Utopia/Dystopia, as well as exploring Black Horror with Bristol Black Horror Club.