Michelle Adhémar

Samba

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Samba is a comedy drama that traces the relationship between Senegalese illegal immigrant Samba (Omar Sy) and affluent, alienated charity worker Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The film presents a confusing mix of drama and comedy, the drama being the better part of the film. Samba is caught by the authorities after ten years working illegally in France. Alice is assigned by an advisory charity to help Samba through his difficult journey through a detention centre, where his experiences are eye opening.

Selma

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Early in 1965 civil rights activists and leaders agreed to focus their efforts on registering black voters in the Southern states of the US in the face of violent opposition. The campaign culminated in a 50-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital. This film documents the three-month campaign, and especially Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s involvement in it. It is a powerful story told in a sensitive manner.

Nothing But A Man

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Half a century after being first released, Michael Roemer's independent film, Nothing But A Man, has finally made it onto a British cinema screen. The film is set in a small town in the Deep South in the early 1960s, eight years after the last lynching has taken place.

The black community live as second class citizens, racially abused and degraded. Duffy (Ivan Dixon) arrives in the town while working on the railroad and falls for a school teacher, Josie. Duffy attempts to settle in the town and is subjected to social and institutional racism at every turn.

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