The Voices Film Programme

The Voices Film Programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

The Voices Film Programme Highlights underrepresented voices in cinema and platforms some of the UK’s most talented emerging film-makers.

Delve into the world of independent cinema and artists’ moving image, watch exclusive premiers and hear from industry experts.

The aim of The Voices Film Programme is to provide cinematic experiences that respond to the needs and interests of our diverse local community.

The Voices Film Programme takes place over three months and focuses on a different theme each month

October: Queer Identity

November: Race, Identity and Visibility

December: Women on screen and behind the camera

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This November the programme focusses on Race and Identity. Enjoy a diverse selection of genres from dystopian drama, to documentary, to spoken word and performance films. The programme places a significant focus on the experiences of young people and brings together film-makers and artists from across the UK and further afield.

This programme aims to create opportunities for active participation and creative exchange through screenings, talks, Q&A sessions and performances.

The Voices Film Programme

Dipo Baruwa-Etti and Bradley Banton

Tuesday 1 November 7 – 9 pm

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A selection of surreal and dystopian shorts from directors Dipo Baruwa- Etti and Bradley Banton followed by a Q+A session.

Featured Films: 

THE LAST DAYS Directed by Dipo Baruwa-Etti. In a near-future world where you can discover your Death Day, an apolitical woman learns that she and many Black people have been given incorrect dates and seeks justice before her time runs out – that same day.

Blackmael Directed by Bradley Banton. In this surreal short that explores race and class mobility A Happy-go-lucky postman comes across a person he never thought he’d meet…

A Horror Story (The Ballad of Adam, Ade & Eve) Directed by Bradley Banton. With fertility rates in men dropping to dangerous levels, state funded agencies have resorted to unorthodox practices to unite a divided Britain…

Nina Mdwaba (aka Boldie)

Thursday 10 November 7 – 9 pm

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A screening of three short films by poet and performance artist Nina Mdwaba followed by a live spoken word performance and Q&A session.

Nina is a poetic-activist, who adopts different lenses and perspectives to create dialogue. They work with music, film, and movement to explore memory, racial identity, queerness, and healing practices through their art, reflecting their South African ancestry and spirituality

Featured Films:

THE AIR I BREATHE: Film focuses on the illegal air pollution levels in racially diverse London boroughs where residents twice as likely to die from lung diseases

“I’ll Believe It When I See It & #Elevatedvoices: This spoken-word short film reflects on the feelings of the artist (Nina Mdwaba) during the events that followed the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter 2016 – present

LET’S TAKE IT HOME: A digital spoken word and visual performance film exploring the blurred lines between being together and being apart.

Canada’s Keepers

Tuesday 15 November 7 – 9 pm

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A Screening of award- winning documentary Canada’s Keepers followed by a Q&A with the creative team.

Canada’s Keepers – winner of The Royal Television Society Student Award – is a story told by Canada’s first women, emanating the truth about the country’s dark colonial past. Truthful and raw, nine First Nations women tell their stories of racism, sexual abuse, intergenerational trauma, resilience, community and more in this emotional film.

Floor Five Collective

Tuesday 22 November 7 – 9 pm

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Come along to the gallery for a selection of short films curated by Floor Five Collective.

Floor Five Collective is a London-based multidisciplinary group led by women of colour. Their practices revolve around making visible the identities and ways of being that have been absent or distorted within canonical representation. They are a collective of thought, that marinate their minds in discourse shaped by personal experiences and investigative research. Floor Five is committed to generating individual practices as a result of these discussions, which reveal old truths from new perspectives. Their work is soaked in references and sounds that range from cultures such as South East Asia, the Middle East, The Caribbean, Ivory Coast and Réunion Island.

I’m Migrant | Yamam Nabeel

Tuesday 29 November 7 – 9 pm

I’m Migrant is a short-film series by Iraqi writer and photographer Yamam Nabeel, part of a larger project of photography and written word, focusing on the lives of immigrant and exiled artists, poets and writers from the Arab world and their contribution to western culture.

The first two episodes of the series will be screened, the first episode features the Iraqi master calligrapher Ghani Alani who has been living in Paris, France since 1967, with the second one introduces us to a collaboration between Iraqi painter Dia Azzawi and the Iraqi poet Nabeel Yasin.

This October The Voices Film Programme celebrated Queer Identity and presented a selection of Screenings and events spotlighting LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. 


Collected Stories

Tuesday 11 October | 7 – 9 pm




Simisolaoluwa Akande

Tuesday 18 October | 7 – 9 pm


Audiences enjoyed a screening of works by award-winning documentary film maker Simisolaoluwan Akande followed by a Q&A

From Nigeria to England, Simisolaoluwa Akande’s fascination with the art of storytelling has crossed continents before expressing itself through film. Now a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker, her films embrace a deeply collaborative approach to storytelling that provides black stories space to be told and retold.






down there the sea folk live

Tuesday 25 October | 7 – 9 pm


Guests were treated to a Screening of ‘down there the sea folk live’ by Stan Greengrass and Maddy James followed by a Q&A  the director and live music and drag performances by Osian and I-Gemini

Selected as part of  the BFI London Film Festival 2020 down there the sea folk live is a experimental documentary the experience of starting HRT for trans singers who rely on their voice for performance.



Whiskey Chow

Friday 28 October 7 – 9 pm

Screening and Q&A event focusing on the work of Whiskey Chow

Audiences enjoyed an evening with Whiskey Chow who is a London-based performance artist and Chinese drag king. Whiskey’s art practice engages with broadly defined political issues, covering a range of related topics: from queer masculinity, problematizing the nation-state across geographic boundaries, to stereotypical projections of Chinese/Asian identity. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining embodied performance with moving image, experimental sound, installation, and printmaking.