Film: Strange Fruit – Thurs 27th July 8pm

Strange Fruit, is a short documentary titled after Billie Holidays iconic song of the same name, is about lynching in the United States, focusing on several cases that occurred between 1900 to 1950. The film which is a documentary/visual essay looks closely at what caused the lynching, what violent acts took place in detail and the personalities and lives of the victims prior to their deaths. The duration is 11 minutes long and features a mixture of original footage and voice overs, archived footage and commentary by James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Carol Anderson and James Cameron (who escaped a lynch mob).

Lynching is an extrajudicial punishment by an informal group. It is most often used to characterize informal public executions by a mob in order to punish an alleged transgressor, or to intimidate a group. – Wikipedia

Created by Samiira Garane, a 21 year old and recently graduated filmmaker from Queen Mary, University of London.  Samiira is of Somali descent, born and raised in Aarhus, Denmark, hoping to continue in documentary filmmaking and extend Strange Fruit to a feature documentary some day.

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