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Pressure + Baldwin's Nigger Pressure + Baldwin's Nigger

Two landmarks of black cinema by Horace Ové, presented together on one disc as part of the BFI’s Black World initiative.

Two landmarks of black cinema by Horace Ové, presented together on one disc as part of the BFI’s Black World initiative.

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Horace Ové's landmark films Pressure (1975) and Baldwin's Nigger (1969), presented together on one disc, form the third DVD released in 2005 as part of the BFI's Black World initiative.

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted British-born black youths. Set in 1970s London, it tells the story of Tony, a bright school-leaver, son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents' church-going conformity and his brother's Black Power militancy. As his initially high hopes are repeatedly dashed – he cannot find work anywhere, potential employers treat him with suspicion because of his colour – his sense of alienation grows. In a bid to find a sense of belonging, he joins his black friends who, estranged from their submissive parents, seek a sense of purpose in the streets and in chases with the police.

An angry but sincere and balanced film, Pressure deals with the identity struggles that children of immigrants have to face and Horace Ové makes the most of his combination of professional actors and local non-actors from the streets of London.

Baldwin's Nigger is a striking portrait of the writer James Baldwin at his sharp-witted best addressing a group of radical West Indian students in 1960s London. Accompanied by comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Baldwin discusses black experience and identity in both Britain and America. Impassioned and entertaining, this is a fascinating snapshot of one of America's most powerful novelists and spokesman for a generation.

Horace Ové's landmark films Pressure (1975) and Baldwin's Nigger (1969), presented together on one disc, form the third DVD released in 2005 as part of the BFI's Black World initiative.

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted British-born black youths. Set in 1970s London, it tells the story of Tony, a bright school-leaver, son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents' church-going conformity and his brother's Black Power militancy. As his initially high hopes are repeatedly dashed – he cannot find work anywhere, potential employers treat him with suspicion because of his colour – his sense of alienation grows. In a bid to find a sense of belonging, he joins his black friends who, estranged from their submissive parents, seek a sense of purpose in the streets and in chases with the police.

An angry but sincere and balanced film, Pressure deals with the identity struggles that children of immigrants have to face and Horace Ové makes the most of his combination of professional actors and local non-actors from the streets of London.

Baldwin's Nigger is a striking portrait of the writer James Baldwin at his sharp-witted best addressing a group of radical West Indian students in 1960s London. Accompanied by comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Baldwin discusses black experience and identity in both Britain and America. Impassioned and entertaining, this is a fascinating snapshot of one of America's most powerful novelists and spokesman for a generation.

Extras

  • Filmed interview with Horace Ov
  • Stills gallery including examples of Horace Ov's photographic work
  • Illustrated booklet including film notes by Derek Malcolm, director biography and filmography, film review and feature, biography of James Baldwin and interview with Horace Ov on Baldwin's Nigger

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SKU 5035673007143
Catalogue Number BFIVD714
Subtitle Two films by Horace Ov_
Product contents
  • Filmed interview with Horace Ové.
  • Stills gallery including examples of Horace Ové's photographic work.
  • Illustrated booklet including film notes by Derek Malcolm, director biography and filmography, film review
Year 1969 , 1975
Director Ove, Horace
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Colour and Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles
Language(s) English
Running time 164
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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