5 more minutes: An evening of films with Joy Labinjo at The Ritzy

30 March 2022
6:45–8:00pm (Doors open: 6:30)

Ritzy Cinema
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG

Join us for an evening of films with Joy Labinjo in connection with her commission at Brixton Underground station, 5 more minutes.

Joy Labinjo has curated a selection of films from the Cinenova collection – a volunteer-run organisation preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. In connection with ‘5 more minutes’, the films explore ideas of Black Feminism, Black Visibility, community, girlhood and hair.

The programme will be introduced by Joy Labinjo and include readings and introductions from invited guests, including contributions from filmmaker Veronica Martel, Tracey Francis from Cinenova and Women in Film SE15 and from poet and writer Sarah Lasoye. 

Running order:

The Haircut (10 mins) by Veronica Martel, 1992, UK

What starts as a row over the child’s haircut, develops to explore the wider social issues of the responsibilities of child rearing and childcare.

Hairpiece (10mins) by Ayoka Chenzira, 1984, USA

Hairpiece is an animated satire on the question of self-image for African American women living in a society where beautiful hair is viewed as hair that blows in the wind and lets you be free. Lively tunes and witty narration accompany a quick-paced inventory of relaxers, gels and curlers. Such rituals are all-too familiar to African American women-and indeed to all women confronted with an unattainable ideal of beauty.

On the Inside by Sarah Lasoye 

Sarah Lasoye is a poet and writer from London, as part of this event Sarah will read a piece of prose writing titled On the Inside, a response to Back Inside Herself by S. Pearl Sharp which explores internal conversations, cycles of retreat, rest and self-preservation. Commissioned by Cinenova as part of their 20221/22 programme The Work we Share. Sarah Lasoye is an alumna of the Barbican Young Poets programme and a current member of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Women of Colour. Her debut chapbook, Fovea / Ages Ago, was published by Hajar Press in April 2021.

Back Inside Herself (4 mins) S.Pearl Sharp, 1984, USA

Described by the director as “a visual poem on identity”, Back Inside Herself shows a Black woman finding her own sense of self and rejecting hegemonic societal expectations of who she should be and how she should behave.

And What Does Your Mother Do (10 mins) Cine Mujer, 1981, Colombia

AND WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER DO? is a humorous film which cleverly uses the technique of speeded-up action, to expose basic inequalities built into the traditional family structure, which lay the bulk of responsibility and pressure on women.

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