Reflections on Omega Rising and the Rastafari Archive
Posted on August 20, 2021
For the first event on The Cinema Of Ideas, our new online platform for amplifying different stories through discussion and film, we'll be joined by curator & researcher Aleema Gray, alongside Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm and June Givanni for a conversation on the experiences of Rastafari women in Britain through an exploration of the Rastafari archive and D. Elmina Davis' groundbreaking 1988 film Omega Rising Women of Rastafari (streaming to accompany the live event from 19 Aug-2 Sept). In this blog, ahead of the event on 26 August, Aleema reflects on her own research into the history of the Rastafari movement and the importance of recording and reinterpreting archival material in reclaiming one’s heritage.
Our work to make cinema jobs fairer
Posted on August 12, 2021
The last year has given us renewed focus on what kind of industry we are making and who has a chance to contribute. Our jobs board is free to access for both recruiters and job seekers and we think it’s a good use of this service to try and push for better jobs, better recruitment and better employment across the industry. We've recently published a new policy for this service which outlines the requirements for posting with us and provides some best practice recommendations for recruiters, which we hope will contribute to creating a fairer industry and help employers to find the best candidates. In this blog, the ICO's Projects and Business Manager Duncan Carson discusses the thinking behind these changes.
Working Towards an Inclusive Cinema Culture
Posted on August 6, 2021
Following the events of summer 2020, specifically the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, the ICO has been developing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan. As part of this process we discussed the plan with a group of critical friends from outside the organisation, to gain feedback on our proposals and to ensure our work is collaborative, well-informed and effective in elevating the needs of people who experience racism. In this piece one of those critical friends, Lara Ratnaraja, discusses her experience of this process and her vision of a truly inclusive cinema culture.