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Screens with short film 'Mandem' (2020)
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Steve McQueen's tale of budding romance at an ecstatic house party in the 1980s is a loving ode to West Indian Londoners of that era.
The second installment of acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ anthology is a beautifully realised fable of young love and music at a house party in the 1980s and a collective reimagining of a time and place very precious to West Indian Londoners. Employing an unforgettable soundtrack and a unique visual style, the film serves as an ode to the romantic reggae genre ‘Lovers Rock’ and the youth who found freedom in its sound.
Two drug dealers make their way around London, going about their usual business. Their interactions with people from all walks of life offer up a hilarious and somewhat unexpected portrait on the lives of Londoners from across the city. Expect belly laughs and a curious exchange that has become the signature of director John Ogunmuyiwa’s work.
John Ogunmuyiwa | 2020 | United Kingdom | English | 10 min
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