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Wed Nov 10, 20:45

Film, Barbican Cinema, £12

The life and legacy of choreographer Alvin Ailey featuring remarkable archive footage, that not only captures the unique impact and imagination of Ailey’s work, but the social context that inspired his thinking and growth.

The life, career, successes, struggles and ultimately death of world renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey. The film is rich with images and stories from his world and how they influenced is unique point of view from the Black House Parties he grew up with to the Murder of Fred Hampton.

It is awe inspiring to be taken on a journey of just how successful he was, touring sold out shows around the world from Australia to Korea, and all around Asia and Europe. 

All told through interviews surviving dance company members and footage of interviews of Ailey himself, culminating with a powerful reckoning with AIDS. Ailey is a testament to Black queer creative excellence being complex and thriving. The film reminds us of the importance of recognising our elders and knowing our history.

AILEY | dir. Jamilia Wignot | USA 2021 | 90’

The film has closed captions (CC) and there is Live Captioning for the extended intro



Screening sponsored by Sedulo and presented in partnership with The Batty Mama.




And 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.

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