This screening and conversation, programmed by Rabz Lansiquot, pairs dancer Zinzi Minott’s durational film works Fi Dem (2018) and Fi Dem II (2019) with Judah Attille’s Sankofa Film & Video Collective-produced Dreaming Rivers (1988) to consider lineages of Black British experimental film.

Q&A with Zinzi Minott

This programme is supported by the Independent Cinema Office as part of a forthcoming project with LUX celebrating films made in and around the Black British film workshops of the 1980s

Fi Dem, Zinzi Minott, 2018, UK, 6 mins
Fi Dem II, Zinzi Minott, 2019, UK, 9 mins
Minott produces new additions to Fi Dem every Windrush Day as a commitment to the Windrush generation, and a continued investigation of Blackness, diaspora and the heritage of her family.

Dreaming Rivers, Judah Attille, 1988, UK, 30 mins
Attille states that Dreaming Rivers “illustrates the spirit of modern families touched by the experience of migration”, weaving together the ambition-fuelled dreams and memories of Caribbean-born Miss T. and her family.

Dreaming Rivers photo credit: Christine Parry


Short film 22nd Sep · 16:00 (9 mins)

Fi Dem II

Zinzi Minott

The second work in the Fi Dem series, began in 2018, was released on 22nd June 2019. This June 22nd is the first National Windrush Day, a public holiday created by the government after many years of campaigning by the Black Caribbean migrant community and an extension of the wider reparations movement in the UK. A potential pacifier in the face of The Windrush Scandal no doubt. Minott reflects on this national holiday which sits in the middle of UK Pride Month and seems to get lost amongst its longer established contemporary. What does this mean for those like her, Black British first and second generation children and grandchildren of Windrush migrants who are LGBTQI+? This work also questions whose labour is it to remember this day? More specifically, the work of her maternal Grandmother Doreen Haynes, a nurse of 52 years.

Short film 22nd Sep · 16:00 (6 mins)

Fi Dem

Zinzi Minott

Fi Dem is both a durational work, a continued investigation into Blackness and Diaspora, and the title of the first video in a body of work that is made annually on the anniversary of the Empire Windrush docking in the UK on 22nd June 1948.
This video was released 22nd June 2018. It journeys through Minott's personal diasporic journey and takes this moment of Windrush Day to focus on those that move and have been moved. Those who stay and cannot leave and all of the slippage in between. Shifting between personal and community moments of loss and joy that sits at the border she hopes this work can add to a conversation about these experiences.

Short film 22nd Sep · 16:00 (33 mins)

Dreaming Rivers

Martina Attille