Category Archives: Cinema

Events in May: discussing Jordan Peele’s Us & #VoteForwardNL

In May I’m co-hosting two events about Jordan Peele’s latest movie Us. Speaking of horror: it’s almost time to vote for the European Parliament. So yes, we have another #VoteForwardNL event coming up. All three gatherings are discussed in the post below.

Discussing Jordan Peele’s Us
My inner-movie nerd can talk about Jordan Peele’s work for hours and hours. This month, my fellow film lovers and I will do just that. We promise to do so in a way that also keeps the conversation interesting for people who (for example because they’re afraid of horrors) didn’t see the film. Needless to say there will be spoilers.

Meet us at:
Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater on Sunday May 19. This event will be in Dutch.
16.30u – 18.00u: #BPTUnpacks , the movie breakdown with Daphina Misiedjan, Nagaré Willemsen, Richard Kofi and me.
18.00u – 18.45u: Break & movie quiz. Of course there’ll be loads of questions about John Singleton’s films. Prices: two books from Bijlmer Bookstore.
18.45u – 20.30u: #VoteForwardNL (more info below).
Tickets: 7 euro (one ticket for the entire event, catering not included).
Maximum number of seats: 40.
Reservations: Please send an e-mail to or call 020-3113930 during office hours.
Click here for the FB event page.

Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut on Sunday May 26. This event will be in English.
This gathering is a co-production with Het Nieuwe Instituut. Many, many thanks to the good people who work there and who opened their doors for us!
Time: 15.00h – 16.30h.
With: Ola Hassanain, Malique Mohamud, Richard Kofi and me.
Entrance: Free and reservations aren’t needed.

Sunday May 19 at Bijlmer Parktheater – #VoteForwardNL

#VoteForwardNL is the people’s movement that focuses on inclusivity and representation of the Afro-Dutch communities in Dutch politics. Our work centres around Afro-Dutch politicians, Afro-Dutch voters and NL’s upcoming elections (municipal/local, provincial, national and European). The main focus for our event on Sunday May 19 (after the talk about Jordan Peele’s Us and the movie quiz): The elections for the European Parliament on Thursday May 23 and the gentrification of Amsterdam’s Bijlmer.
With: Daphina Misiedjan, Peggy Burke and Abdullahi Abdulrahman Abdalla.
Your one ticket for €7 is valid for the two part event on Sunday May 19.

Some upcoming, Blackity Black film events in the Netherlands.

1. Event: Soul in the Eye
In 2017 and 2018, Tessa Boerman (pic) was the driving force behind the Blackity Black programs that were part of IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam). For the 2019-edition she’s back with Soul in the Eye. During this program, Afro-Brazilian filmmakers discuss their own films plus those of actor, producer, activist and filmmaker Zózimo Bulbul. Soul in the Eye is named after his debut Alma no olho (1973).
Date: Sunday January 27.
Click here to buy tickets and fam, let’s make sure this event is sold out.
If you can read Dutch, please check this blog about the program.

2. If Beale Street Could Talk

The release date is February 14 but follow if you’re in/want to come to Amsterdam on February 10, keep your eye on Bijlmer Parktheater’s Facebook, and Twitter because we’re co-hosting a very special pre-screening with Full Color Entertainment and Entertainment One. We also have five copies of the book to give away so be sure to click all our follow-buttons if you’d like to win one of them.
This event will be in Dutch.

3. Us

You know this is a film we need to discussss. The release date is March 21; mid April we’re hosting a movie breakdown at Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater. Why a little later? So everybody has the chance to watch the film (maybe two or five times) ánd perhaps watch Get Out again so we can compare and analyse these films director Jordan Peele is blessing us with. And fam, when I say discusssss, I mean discusssssss. Don’t swing by if you don’t want any spoilers.
This event will be in English.

4. Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu is a most precious kind of Wonderful. Her new film Rafiki will be in the theatres from May 23 but of course there will be pre-screenings. Of different kinds, by different people. I know some great people who are working on puttting something together and of course there will be some trash venues who’ll want part of it. Be sure to support the right folks, people! With that being said: If you’re a community organizer and/or a programmer whose work centres the Afro-Dutch communities, you go the extra mile to amplify Wanuri Kahiu’s name + work ánd your panel doesn’t include problematic people, I’ll be happy to help you promote your Rafiki event.