In solidarity with the black community, Moviola would like to express its support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement through non-violent and legal protest as a means of dismantling systematic and structural racism.
As an organisation within the arts, we are aware of under-representation and the lack of opportunities for people of black origin within the sector, whether this is projected on a screen or in organisations.
Moviola’s Communication & Diversity project is ongoing, including having a full-time officer appointed to tackling diversity, and they will investigate further how we can improve representation within the community cinema sector.
We have worked to ensure that black voices are amplified, as well as a wider range of marginalised groups, by including films which will stimulate conversations, debate and reflection. Titles that have recently been included in Moviola’s menu, which champion black filmmakers, include Kasi Lemmons Harriet, Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk.
Within our small team, we represent a range of diverse people, who all contribute toward inclusivity through pro-active advocacy with our customers, and by raising awareness of groups who may not feel that their experiences are fairly represented.
We recognise that this is a difficult time for the black community.
We acknowledge that there is always scope to improve ourselves by building our relationships with black audiences and collaborators in the future to ensure that this momentum of change is not lost.
This link to useful organisations contains information on how you can become an ally to the cause should you wish.
We understand that we will never truly understand, but we are learning and will do better.
We encourage others to do the same.