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Our Picks + The Last Blackman in San Francisco & One Man And His Shoes

Monday 30 November 2020, by Abla Kandalaft, Coco Green

New fortnight, new episode.

Abla’s picks of the week are the brilliant, creepy horror debut Caveat by filmmaker Damian McCarthy and Palestinian film Western Arabs, a chaotic, powerful and very personal look at the impact of displacement, by Omar Shargawi, as both films are reviewed on here! 

Our festival to watch out for is Documenta Madrid, flagged by Film Fest Report. 

Coco’s picks were The Lovers And The Despot - a documentary about an actress and her filmmaker husband who were forcibly taken to North Korea by Kim Jong-Il to help develop the country’s film industry - and Three Identical Strangers - also a doc, about triplets that were reunited as adults after having been separated at birth for the purposes of a scientific experiment. Both films are on Netflix

We focus on two feature films:

Joe Talbot’sThe Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019). Centred around a young black man, who with the help of his writer friend tries to reclaim his childhood home in a gentrified part of San Francisco, a home he claims had been built by his grandfather. We talk about the issues around gentrification and the increasing lack of rent control, as well as San Francisco’s dwindling Black community. 

And One Man And His Shoes (2020), an engaging documentary that came out in October and is now available on iPlayer, which paints the portrait of Michael Jordan’s relationship with Nike and the furore around the release of the Air Jordans, and by extension the impact on mainstream Black culture. We discuss Nike’s co-option of a certain type of Black culture, its place in the wider context of consumer capitalism and the focus on social corporate responsibility. 

We’ll have clips of individual reviews up on the Youtube page.

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