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Gay Black Group

The Gay Black Group - reasserting culture and identity on two levels.

Magazine and Review show 1983 25 mins

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The formation of the Gay Black Group was a landmark in gay black history. Meeting at Gay's the Word, a bookshop in Bloomsbury, London, it provided a sounding board and support for gay and black communities of the 1980s. Sitting on the outside of both by virtue of their sexuality or ethicity the group attempted to negotiate a path through the complexities of cultural and sexual identity. In this film, members of the group talk to Paula Ahluwalia about their experiences.

One of the interviewees is the film-maker Isaac Julien, then a student at St Martin's School of Art. In 1991 his film Young Soul Rebels won the critics prize at the Cannes Film Festival.