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Birmingham screens groundbreaking black history documentary

DOCUMENTARY: Eric Mitchell, left, with Tariq Nasheed [PIC CREDIT: Paul Cartwright]

THE OFFICIAL premiere of Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy, the latest in Tariq Nasheed’s groundbreaking documentary series, which was held in Birmingham earlier this month, has been hailed a huge success.

It was standing room only at the city’s Millennium Point, where people queued to watch the two and a half-hour film, followed by thought-provoking talks from Los Angeles-based Nasheed and respected UK historian Robin Walker.

Nasheed’s latest work pulled no punches as he highlighted how he believes the achievements of people of colour down the generations have been left out of the history books.

In an interview with The Voice just before the screening, he said: “We have to get over hiding our history. Most documentaries about black or African people talk only about slavery.

“My films discuss our history before slavery – about the great west African empire, African rulers in Europe and the Africans who were in America before Columbus.”

PACKED HOUSE: The crowd gathered in Birmingham's Millennium Point [PIC CREDIT: Paul Cartwright]

It was Nasheed’s first time in the UK’s second city, but he said he was overwhelmed by the warm and friendly welcome he received in Birmingham and has vowed to return.

Birmingham-based Eric Mitchell, of Sankore Tuition, who organised the event, along with King Flex Entertainment, said: “This event made history as it was the largest gathering of black men and black women in our city for many years. It was a huge success.

“It was standing room only; the age of the audience ranged from youngsters of primary school age, to great grandparents, but most of them were in their twenties and thirties. It was very inspiring to see so many young people at the event, along with three pastors, which was a first for an event like this.

“Tariq said he would like to come back to Birmingham and Birmingham wants him to come back. He said the city felt like an extended family. After six hours of watching the film and listening to talks, many people didn’t want to go home.

“One person sent me a text saying: ‘I didn’t want to leave – the energy and the people were all so positive.’ ”

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