T A P E Collective Presents Black Country: Black Regionality on Film
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Image: West Indian Carnival in Leeds, Archive, 1980
A celebration of Black regionality through still and moving images, exploring the exterior and interior lives and sense of belonging as experienced by Black Britons beyond London.
Bumpkin Files is a multi-media platform, community resource, and archive which explores Black life in Britain beyond London. They also aim to bring attention to unheard voices across the global diaspora.
Angst-ridden teenager Miri is desperate to escape her mother. Following yet another argument, she seeks refuge in her best friend, the beautiful and rebellious Elle. Whilst out meeting some boys, Miri finds herself alone with the handsome Ricky, anticipating a kiss. But reality bites in more ways than one, leading Miri to re-evaluate her identity.
Efosa lives a seemingly happy life in Sheffield; he's a successful graphic designer, the eldest son of close-knit British-Nigerian family, and a favourite of his warm-hearted mother. Everything changes when Efosa's mum makes an unannounced trip to the office and sees him kissing a male colleague. Efosa is faced with cultural rejection and familial separation when it becomes clear that his parents see his sexuality as an abomination.
0.5% takes place in a single day in which four different residents of a seaside town connect with each other in an unexpected way. Based on writer/director Yero Timi-Biu’s own experiences, the film explores the joy and comfort to be shared between these residents of a town whose streets are 97% white.