Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


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Live Event — 17 September 2021, 19:00

Essential Cinema: Back inside herself – S.Pearl Sharp in conversation with Sarah Lasoye

This programme features a 24-hour online screening of S. Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself (US, 1984) in collaboration with Cinenova. 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.

To open this limited screening at the Festival, filmmaker and poet S.Pearl Sharp will be in conversation with London based poet Sarah Lasoye, who will share a specially commissioned poem.

The event will be broadcast live on the home page of our website at the time and date advertised above.

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S. Pearl Sharp’s work focuses on cultural arts, health and Black Diaspora history including the semi-animated Picking Tribes (1988),  the celebrated The Healing Passage/Voices From The Water (2004) and directing numerous documentaries for the City of Los Angeles’ CH 35. Instigating through art and activism she creates poetry films including her recently released “Blood Bank.”  She’s the author of the non-fiction Black Women For Beginners and the essay collection The Evening News, four volumes of poetry and several short stories.   YouTube/asharpshow

Sarah Lasoye is a poet and writer from London. She 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.