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London screening for Love & Basketball's 15th anniversary

ICONIC: A scene from Love & Basketball

“DOUBLE OR nothing?”

For the black film enthusiasts among us, these words will have special significance.

Ahead of the penultimate scene in the romantic classic Love & Basketball, Monica - the character played by a young Sanaa Lathan - asks Quincy - her childhood sweetheart, due to be married to someone else - if she can play one last basketball game with him for a chance to win his heart.

If you’re yet to see the iconic film, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year, shame on you!

Fortunately, Amacoast Cinema, in conjunction with We Are Parable, is giving you one more chance to view the debut work from director Gina Prince-Bythewood on the big screen.

The founders of the pop-up cinema franchise, which aims to provide “a communal cinematic experience for black film”, will host a basketball-themed night on October 16.

“I’m a huge black film fan but I’ve seen very few in the cinema and I was pretty sure I wasn’t the only one,” Dele Aro, co-founder of Amacoast Cinema told The Voice. “I thought it would be great to not only provide a communal cinematic experience for black film, but turn the screenings into an immersive celebration allowing the audience to create new memories."

Love & Basketball was released during a time when gansta films were top of the agenda and according to journalist Rachel Deahl of AllRovi, served “as a sombre reminder of how few films exist (much less love stories, much less ones that focus on the female perspective) about multi-dimensional African-American characters outside the ghetto”

A review in Entertainment Guide said: "Love and Basketball had moments of such tenderness and sophistication, complimented by such romantic dreaminess between lead performers Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.”

The screening will take place in east London’s York Hall, 5 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ, and will feature live cheerleader performances, slam-dunk competition and basic hoop skills with players from the British Basketball Leagues London Lions. In addition, there will be a live DJ, competitions and giveaways.

“Our goal is to regularly host immersive cinema experiences which solely focus on black film. This brand promise is important to us because our community needs more black stories told on both the big and small screen,” Aro added.

To book your tickets, visit: https://loveandbball15.eventbrite.com/?aff=voice

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