Kush Films Invitational International Short Films Programme: Stories of migration and Identity.

Date(s) - 16/06/2019
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Whirled Cinema and Bar

Ahead of Refugee Week & Windrush day we will screen a number of fantastic International short films with a theme of migration & Identity; this will be followed by an audience discussion with Windrush spokesman and activist Patrick Vernon OBE and attending fellow guest international filmmakers like Emiel Martens (Dutch producer of film Gifts From Gambia) & others, talking about their films, the history of migration and identity lost & found.

Sunday 16th June, 8.30pm
Admission: £5

Films: (15 Certificate Film Programme)

Gifts from Babylon (Gambia/Netherland /24 mins )
The Dead Sea (UK / Libya / 15 mins)
Brixton Rock (UK / 13 mins)
Showtime (US / 16 mins)
Melody (UK / 23 mins)
Stories of Friendship (UK / 5 mins)


The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea follows the perilous journey and capture of two Refugees trying to flee Libya.
An Award Winning Short Film Starring; Sope Dirisu, Joan Iyiola and Yasen Atour.
Supported by MSF and Human Rights at Sea.
Written and Directed by Stuart Gatt, Produced by Tabitha Breese and Kate Glover.
UK / 15 mins /2016


Brixton Rock

1980, Brixton. Orphaned teen Brenton Brown reunites with his birth mother for the first time in 17 years.
Starring: Calvin Demba, Angela Wynter and Wil Johnson
Featuring music by the legendary Dennis Bovell
Written/directed by Ethosheia Hylton.
UK / 12, 49 secs /2018


Gifts from Babylon

Gifts from Babylon is a short film exploring the psychological impact of illegal Africa-EU migration through the lens of a Gambian return-migrant. The film captures the personal conflicts that arise when Modou, a young West African, returns to his home country after having lived illegally in the once promised land of plenty, Europe.
Director: Bas Ackermann | Producer: Emiel Martens
Gambia/Netherland /24 mins /2018

A film by Babucarr Manka, Emiel Martens & Bas Ackermann

GIFTS FROM BABYLON – Short Teaser from Caribbean Creativity on Vimeo.



Two girls set off on a midnight romp to say goodbye to lost love and celebrate new beginnings. A fragile Leah who is coming to terms with her recent break up is spurred on by free-spirited friend Melody, who has a salacious appetite for heightened experiences; but their euphoric highs are followed by excruciating lows on an unsavory night of excess. Leah has to face an inner conflict that only Melody has the answer to.
Cast: Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Dudley O’Shaughnessy & Maja Laskowska
Writer, Producer & Director: Bernard Kordieh
UK/ 23 mins / 2018

Windrush: Stories of Friendship

This short film is dedicated to the Windrush Generation all those who perished whilst looking for a better life.
UK / 5 mins / 2018

Trailer: None




Darius and Hakeem dance on New York City trains to earn honest money and escape the crime-riddled streets of Harlem. A woman sees Darius dancing on the train and offers him an opportunity to audition for a Juilliard travel dance team. Hakeem is jealous that Darius may pursue this opportunity. Hakeem begins to sell drugs with the neighborhood goon TJ and succumb to the crime in Harlem. Darius is faced with the decision to pursue this life-changing opportunity or help keep Hakeem out of trouble.

Cast: Joel Leitch, Dimitri Carter, Shemar Jonas, Lisa Drouillard, Brigid Turner
Director: Shawn Antoine II | Korstiaan
Producers: Shawn Antoine II, Korstiaan Vandiver – Screenwriters: Shawn Antoine II – Executive Producer: Nate Parker
US / 2018 / 15min

Showtime Teaser 2 from Shawn Antoine II on Vimeo.


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Whirled Cinema
259 Hardess Street, London, SE24 0HN
(off Herne Hill Rd and venue down side-alley on Hardess St)

From Brixon Tube (Victoria Line) it’s a 10 min walk (straight down Cold Harbour Lane) or a 5 min bus ride: P4, 345, 35, 45 to Loughborough Junction. You can also get Trains directly to Loughborough Junction Train station (which is 1 min from venue). If coming from North/East London catch the ‘Loughbough Junction’ train from Kings Cross Int, Farringdon or Black Friars (15 min journey). If coming from somewhere in South London, then get connecting trains direct to Loughborough Junction).