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UCA film shortlisted for prestigious research award

A documentary by a University for the Creative Arts (UCA) academic, which explores the history of African and Caribbean people in Kent, has been shortlisted for a prestigious research award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Produced by Senior Lecturer in Television Production Helen Curston, in conjunction with the University’s BA (Hons) Television Production course, the short film has been nominated in the People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings category as part of the AHRC Research in Film Awards.

Helen Curston said: “I’m extremely proud that our film has been recognised and shortlisted for this award. Created as part of the Black History Live project, which was established by the Medway African and Caribbean Association and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the film portrays the history of the region and relays the untold stories of people who lived there. The documentary gives viewers a fascinating insight into their lives, contributions and the legacy they left.’

Untold Stories: A Documentary of Kent’s Black History will premiere at the Chatham Historic Dockyard on Monday (2 October) as part of Black History Month. The opening show will be followed by a live Q&A session, which will feature Helen Curston and BBC Presenter Ayo Akinwolere on its panel.

“The overall aim of the Black History Live project is to talk about the history of the Kent region through the people who lived there,” Helen added.  “I’m looking forward to unveiling the film as part of October’s Black History Month and answering questions following its debut on Monday.

“Through the collective work being done across the region, we are hoping to help members of the Kent community, as well as those from further afield, to develop a better understanding of the diversity of the region. The film provides an important contribution to the project and I hope it will support some of the work being done to redress racial and cultural stereotypes.”

In addition to UCA, the Black History Live project is sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Gulbenkian, University of Kent, MidKent College, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

UCA has a long and proud history spanning more than 150 years in Kent. Today, the University has campuses in Canterbury and Rochester, and its BA (Hons) Television Production course is taught, in part, at Maidstone Television Studios.

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