Foresight is a compilation of short films set in the UK that imagine the future for Black and Brown characters. Written, directed and produced by culturally diverse filmmakers who call the UK home. Foresight is an urgent anthology that explores alternate realities through the lens of five Black British directors. This time capsule collection contributes to a perspective and point of view continually missing from our screens... a future where people of colour exist!
Foresight was produced by Fiona Lamptey as a Fruit Tree Media Production, a Sci-Fi short film series commissioned by Film4. Executive Producers from Film4 were Lauren Dark and David Kimbangi. It was subsequently supported by the UK-Government financed Young Audiences Content Fund, which is managed by the BFI.
A note from Producer Fiona Lamptey….
I started thinking of putting this series together just after the Brexit verdict. It seems like the world is a different place now but the themes of each of the films deeply resonate of then and now. At the time there was a rising level of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance, all related to some of the messaging surrounding Brexit. But despite the real and future impact of Brexit on people of colour, it felt like our concerns and voices were missing from the Brexit conversation. The conversation has intensified over the years, there is much talk and what seems like even less of an understanding.
Foresight presented the opportunity to address the uncertainty that living in the UK posed at the time and allowed us to shift the dynamic, to see the UK through the ones left out of the conversation, ones who care about their future and the place in which they call home. Foresight is a response of what it means to be a Person of the Colour living in the UK. Although these films don’t present an idyllic future, my hope is that by Imagining the future, we can kickstart a necessary conversation and inspire change. we don’t want the futures presented in these films – so what do we do to change that?
I really want audiences to walk away feeling empowered to create roadmaps for building their own futures and to ultimately think of themselves as creators of tomorrow’s story.
THEY HEARD HIM SHOUT ALLAHU AKBAR
Directed by Nadia Latif
Written by Omar El-Khairy
Starring Scott Karim
Directed by Akinola Davies
Written by Akinola Davies & Wale Davies
Starring Tai Golding, Samuel Oyenerin & Richard Ings
THE FUTURE ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE
20 min|UK| 2021
Directed by Adeyemi Michael
Written by Courttia Newland
Starring Anna-Maria Nabirye and Donna Banya
TWICE AS GOOD
Written and Directed by Jeremy Ngatho Cole
Starring: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Joan Iyiola and introducing Nathaneal Emiola
Director: Elliot Barnes-Worrell
Written by Elliot Barnes-Worrell and Hasti C
Starring: Martins Imhangbe, Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, Tsion Habte, Bradley Banton,
Doreene Blackstock, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù