Making Sweet Tea + Q&A (On Demand)
Sun Nov 15, 11:00
Film, Barbican On Demand, £12 / £11 con
The Barbican may be shut, but we are still keeping the spirit of Fringe! alive online. Enjoy the powerful Making Sweet Tea for two weeks from the comfort of your own home. Available on demand until 23 November.
E Patrick Johnson's oral history of gay Black men in the South, Sweet Tea, was based on the memories and perspectives of six friends. This is the story of how his research became a play, and what it meant to capture a community at the cultural heart of our wider movement.
From the etymology of tea-spilling to the resilience and brilliance of gay people of the area, Making Sweet Tea is both a queer history lesson and a character study. The material realities of lives in 'double jeopardy' are explored: HIV/AIDS, Black gay male friendship, gay men growing up in the American Baptist tradition, interracial dating, and stories of survival, but the charm and joy of these men never quits.
With drama (and not just the Patti Labelle drag) and just enough tea being served, this is the most soulful documentary of the year.
dir. John L. Jackson, Nora Gross | USA 2019 | 90'
Presents in partnership with BlackOut UK.
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Programme 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. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub