We have commissioned award-winning filmmaker Ayo Akingbade to make a new documentary inspired by the history of activism in Newham. Set in 1985 and present day, the film explores and reflects on the often forgotten histories of black and brown community struggle in the East London borough of Newham.
The film is now on display at Old Manor Park Library, as part of the Activating Newham exhibition.
Watch an excerpt of So They Say here:Ayo Akingbade is an artist and film director based in London. Her film, Tower XYZ (2016) received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savic Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. Akingbade has since produced and directed three new films. Street 66 (2018) which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and A is for Artist (2018) that premiered in the Experimenta strand at BFI London Film Festival. Dear Babylon (2019) will comprise the social housing trilogy ‘No News Today’. The film will premiere at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. She is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship (2018) and exhibited at Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2018). She is a graduate of London College of Communication and is currently studying at Royal Academy Schools.