2023 | Dir Blitz Bazawule | 141m | USA
Cast: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, Aunjanue Ellis
In Blitz Bazawule’s adaptation of The Color Purple, the indomitable spirit of Celie Harris, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, unfolds against the backdrop of early 20th-century America. Enduring the harrowing trials of abuse, forced marriage, and separation from her sister Nettie, Celie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she forges a powerful connection with the spirited jazz singer Shug Avery (H.E.R.). As the narrative weaves through decades, Celie’s resilience, bolstered by the unwavering support of friends like Sofia (Danielle Brooks) and Mary Agnes (Fantasia Barrino), leads to a triumphant reunion with Nettie and the reclamation of familial ties. With a stellar ensemble cast and a stirring blend of soulful music, The Color Purple is a poignant exploration of sisterhood & empowerment.
Wednesday 03 April 2024 at 7pm
The Arts Bar will open from 6pm serving drinks and snacks.
All tickets £10
Six black women discuss the film and the close bond that exists in black female sisterhood.
1996 | Dir F. Gary Gray | 123m | USA
Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A.Fox
Four Black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women’s brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery.
“Set It Off is a lot more than a thriller about four women who rob banks. It compares with WAITING TO EXHALE, but with a strong jolt of reality. It creates a portrait of the lives of these women that’s so observant and informed.” The movie surprised and moved me; I expected a routine action picture and was amazed how much I started to care about the characters. Roger Ebert