S.O.U.L Fest 2020

The month-long celebration of Black British film talent comes to BFI Player.

S.O.U.L. Fest (Screening Our Unseen Lives) is a month long celebration of Black British talent in film, showcasing new work by Black British film creatives and allowing you the opportunity to see a diverse representation of Black Britain.

Te festival is the result of a collaboration between four organisations who serve Black audiences and talent: The British Blacklist, The New Black Film Collective, We Are Parable and S.O.U.L Film.

The 2020 edition of the festival is hosted exclusively online at BFI Player for the first time.


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The Last TreeThe Last Tree

Drama201999 minsDirector: Shola Amoo

Femi, a young British boy of Nigerian heritage, has to adapt to the new environment of inner-city London, in this outstanding, BIFA-winning drama from Shola Amoo (A Moving Image).

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A Moving ImageA Moving Image

Drama201674 minsDirector: Shola Amoo

The gentrification of London’s Brixton is examined in this probing and stylistically ambitious debut feature.

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Second ComingSecond Coming

Drama2014105 minsDirector: debbie tucker green

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

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Stud LifeStud Life

Drama201287 minsDirector: Campbell X

Campbell X's debut feature is a sexy, young and cool gay romance taking a unique look at a slice of British urban life.

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The Stuart Hall ProjectThe Stuart Hall Project

Documentary201399 minsDirector: John Akomfrah

Composed of film, music and photographs from the archives, a fascinating portrait of the life and times of the founder of cultural studies and the New Left Experience.

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Young Soul RebelsYoung Soul Rebels

Drama1991105 minsDirector: Isaac Julien

The Queen's Silver Jubilee beats to the sounds of Funkadelic, Sylvester and the O'Jays in Isaac Julien’s feature debut.

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Burning an IllusionBurning an Illusion

Legal and Courtroom drama1981102 minsDirector: Menelik Shabazz

Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher’s London.

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Drama1975121 minsDirector: Horace Ové

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.

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S.O.U.L Fest Shorts volume 2: SeeingS.O.U.L Fest Shorts volume 2: Seeing

Anthology202073 minsDirector: VARIOUS

More superb shorts from acclaimed Black British filmmakers, selected by S.O.U.L Fest.

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S.O.U.L Fest Shorts volume 1: VisionsS.O.U.L Fest Shorts volume 1: Visions

Anthology202064 minsDirector: VARIOUS

An exciting collection of new shorts showcasing the best in Black British filmmaking, selected by S.O.U.L Fest.

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S.O.U.L Fest Shorts volume 3: PerceivingS.O.U.L Fest Shorts volume 3: Perceiving

Anthology202071 minsDirector: VARIOUS

The final selection of superb shorts from outstanding Black British filmmakers, selected by S.O.U.L Fest.