International Women's Day 2010

Innovative documentary unveils the lives of the heroines society forgot

Posted in 2010 03 06, London by womeninlondon on 26 February 2010

A documentary film made by 20 young people features contributions from some of Britain’s most successful ethnic stars including Director Gurindha and MOBO award winning singer Ms Dynamite.

Hidden Herstories; Women of Change exposes the plights and determination of Octavia Hill, a pioneer in social housing and one of the founders of the National Trust; Claudia Jones, a pivotal figure in establishing the Notting Hill Carnival; Amy Ashwood Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the Association for the Advancement of Coloured People; and Jayaben Desai, who made unprecedented advancements for workers rights by leading the famous Grunwick strike.

Launched on the weekend of International Women’s day, ‘Hidden Herstories’ will have its world premiere on 6 March at the London School of Economics (LSC) and has already been booked for a screening tour across the Capital.

Made by 20 young people aged 13 to 24, the film was part of an innovative project run by local charity, the Octavia Foundation with £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Some of the young film-makers are disabled and all come from culturally diverse backgrounds but have worked together to research, direct and produce the film themselves.

Interviewees include local MP Karen Buck, Baroness Brenda Dean, Tristram Hunt and Colin Prescod to name a few, all of whom tell how the heroines have each impacted on the issues of race relations and social poverty in society today.

Hidden Herstories will be brought to the wider community through a free screening tour of theatres, cinemas and education centres beginning with the public premiere at the London School of Economics, a conference where the public can view the films and engage in a question and answer session with the young people.

For more information please contact:
* Rachel Harrison rachel.harrison@octaviahousing.org.uk 020 8354 5666
* Hannah Thompson hannah.thompson@octaviahousing.org.uk 020 8354 5665
Interviews with participants/ project leaders – available on request.

For more information on these women, view the online 28 page magazine featuring contributions from Tristram Hunt, Jenny Bourne, Nzingha Assata and Marika Sherwood at http://www.hiddenherstories.org/

Saturday 6th March 2010 12-5pm – Film launch and Public Premiere
London School of Economics (LSE), Hong Kong Theatre, Ground floor, Clement House, Aldwych, London WC2

– more info on the venue location http://www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsAndDirections/findingYourWayAroundLSE.aspx

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