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Immersive Film Screening of I Am Judah

12 April @ 6:00 pm - 13 April @ 11:00 pm

£12

Rockaway Park would love you to join us for this special immersive film screening of ‘I am Judah’ on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April – a cinematic documentary film about Easton community elder ‘Ras’ Judah Adunbi. Mistaken for a crime suspect while walking his dog in 2017, Ras Judah was brutally tasered in the face, while standing up for his legal right to not give his name when stopped. The officer who discharged the taser was found not guilty at her criminal trial and in September 2018 was also cleared of misconduct.

If it wasn’t for Ras Judah’s neighbour, Tom Cherry, who recorded the incident on his phone, we might never have known what really happened. Watched by millions on mainstream news reports and social media, the footage caused international outrage. But it wasn’t the first, nor the last time, that Ras Judah has been a victim of police harassment and so-called ‘mistaken identity’.

A beloved and highly respected elder in his community in Bristol, which remains shocked and unsettled by how he was treated, Ras Judah is determined to speak the uncensored truth about what happened to him – not only for himself, but for all the other victims of these types of injustices. His story begs questions about how we respect, even notice, other people in a modern, diverse, multiracial city.

Using verbatim script, poetry and cinematography to reinforce a deeply personal narrative, this powerful film highlights the danger of system failure, a lack of mindfulness and a closing of ranks that led to a violent incident at Ras Judah’s home. Instead of providing a documentary exposé, the film offers a deeper exploration of the meaning of identity through one man’s eyes, with a completely independent approach. And it’s unmissable…

The theme for this special immersive showcase at Rockaway will be honouring the legacies and achievements of past and present leaders of colour. So, we’re delighted that Ras Judah will be joining us in person, alongside Director Bashart Malik, and a special guest for a panel discussion with Q&A, which follows the film screening.

​There’s a fantastic photography exhibition in the Chapel of Unrest by Mark Simmons, who is well known for documenting the lives of local communities in the most deprived areas of Bristol, including St. Paul’s & Barton Hill, plus political activism, such as the Poll Tax protests. A unique selection of Mark’s prints have been curated to fit the themes and social issues highlighted in the film. So, you experience a photo journey through the 80s, 90s and 2000s, which honours those who’ve stood against oppressive governments through the decades to make the world a better place for all.

There’s also some amazing interactive theatre from indigenous African storyteller, Kabbo Hue Ferdinand. Describing himself as an artivist storyteller, ceremonial drummer and berimbau player, Kaboo weaves ancient stories with indigenous sounds and poetry to explore soundscapes through movement: ‘Passionately trusting that arts and culture can have a healing impact on individuals, communities and generations.’

Plus, there’s incredible poetry and live music taken from the film and performed by Guire, front man for the Golden Guild Music Group – a Bristol-based roots reggae band who blend dub and dancehall to create their superb signature sound, filled with positive energy and joy.

Be prepared to not only sit, but stand, move, interact with the photo gallery and live performances before being seated for the screening and Q&A.

The Vegan Café will be serving delicious hot food and snacks, plus there’s a bar. For all the details and to book tickets in advance, please visit Our Events page.

Details

Start:
12 April @ 6:00 pm
End:
13 April @ 11:00 pm
Cost:
£12
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.rockawaypark.co.uk/ourevents

Venue

Rockaway Park
Eastcourt Road
Temple Cloud, BS39 5BU Temple Cloud
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