‘The Tiny Spark’ – Birmingham Premiere

Wednesday 6th September

Immersive screening of ‘The Tiny Spark’ film and discussion with Pogus Caesar.

 

‘The Tiny Spark’ is a single channel projection reimagining the 1985 Handsworth Riots, one of the most traumatic events in post war Britain. Utilising the eloquent poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah and mesmerising artworks from Pogus Caesar, the viewer is taken on a journey that bears witness to those fateful days on the streets of inner city Birmingham. With haunting and emotive performances from spoken word artists Juice Aleem, Chauntelle Madondo and Samiir Saunders, the film features a specially composed soundscape by the eclectic underground artist TaberCayon.

Caesar and Zephaniah’s influential work spans more than four decades. With a collaboration that enhances both genres, frames and pulls focus on the devastating riots in Handsworth, Birmingham. ‘The Tiny Spark’ is a visually striking, bold and accessible filmic intervention that can stimulate and encourage conversation.

Imagery and rhythmical texts will afford a provocative walk through the events of 1985 and a sobering, timely reminder of how easily ignorance, inequality and injustice begets social unrest.

Free. Booking essential.

Event Information

  • 6.00pm – arrivals and refreshments
  • 6.30pm – introduction, screening
  • 7.00pm – Q&A style discussion. Followed by refreshments and an opportunity for informal discussions
  • 8.00pm – departures
  • This event will be held in the Event Suite at Thinktank (Millennium Point, B4 7XG)
  • Entry is via the Level 3 Event Suite, accessible from level 3 of Millennium Point. Come into Millennium Point and take the lift, situated in the centre of the main atrium, to level 3. The Event Suite is on the left as you step out of the lift, our staff will be there to meet you.

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