The event comprises films, workshops, discussions and events to encourage black filmmakers, and the wider community, to come together to discuss the way forward with issues connected to race within black culture.
But why the name? In 2007 the festival’s founder, Jenny Lee, met an inspirational young woman called Anel on the plains of Thoera in one of the impoverished regions of Mozambique.Anel had dreams to travel, although women in her community were not allowed to do the one thing that could make all those things happen: get an education. When Lee asked what Anel would do about her dreams, she replied, “Ndinadsawapanga mschool”.
The interpreter explained that Anel meant that she would tell everyone she met about the importance of getting an education; and she too would in turn be empowered by her telling. “So years later,” says Jenny Lee, “Anel’s dream lives on, in part, at the I Will Tell film festival which she named.”
Lee believes we as a nation have an intrinsic discomfort talking about race. “But the only way to solve some of the problems we experience is to acknowledge they exist, and then to go right to the root of the issue, pull it out and plant a new seed of true celebration of diversity and community cohesion.”
Here’s the full lineup for this weekend, including some free events.
The events this weekend take place at Elim, Hainault Road E11. Next week screenings are in Walthamstow at the Empire Cinema until Sept 9th. Full info and how to get tickets for all events here