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FILM: Black Voices Are Loud and Clear at New York Film Festival | Black Press USA

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FILM: Black Voices Are Loud and Clear at New York Film Festival | Black Press USA


The lineup at the 2020 New York Film Festival (NYFF) included an impressive array of African diaspora films and the festival’s usual collection of international motion pictures.

Attesting to NYFF’s eagerness to hear black voices, the fest featured three main slate films from British director/writer Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave’’) that are part of a five-episode West Indian community-based mini-series “Small Axe.’’

McQueen’s homage to his Caribbean roots will appear on Prime Video later this year. Other NYFF entries will roll out in theaters, VOD and on streaming service – in months to come.


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Featured Image, Steve McQueen’s “Mangrove” tells the story of the “Mangrove Nine, Black defendants put on trial in 1971 after taking part in protests against police raids of the Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill in London, England.
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Sir Steven Rodney McQueen CBE (born 9 October 1969) is a British filmmaker and video artist. He is known for his film 12 Years a Slave (2013), a historical adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

McQueen has frequently collaborated with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in three of McQueen’s four feature films. His other feature films are Hunger (2008), a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strikeShame (2011), a drama about an executive struggling with sex addiction, and Widows (2018), an adaptation of the British television series of the same name.

For his artwork, McQueen has received the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. In 2006, he produced Queen and Country, which commemorates the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. For services to the visual arts, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.

In 2014, Time magazine included McQueen in its annual Time 100 list of the “most influential people in the world”. In 2016, he was granted the British Film Institute’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship. McQueen was knighted in the 2020 New Year Honours, for services to film.

Source – Steve McQueen (Director) (Updated: 13 October 2020) Wikipedia. Available at, (Accessed: 21 October 2020)