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The obsolescence of the videotape format means that they are an urgent priority for archives, and in some cases these videotapes contain voices that you wouldn’t have heard anywhere else. The community video movement which exploded during the 70s and 80s offered an expressive outlet for groups that were often marginalised by mainstream broadcasters.

The Media Archive for Central England (MACE) are cataloguing and digitising a range of videotape collections from across the Midlands and today’s event is a chance to see rarely-screened material and hear the inspiring stories behind it. Curators from MACE will also be hosting a Roadshow and will be on hand to give advice on storing, looking after or depositing your own video (and film) collections in the archive. 


From the early 1980s TURC acted as a production company and print studio for the trade unions, supported by the local council to train budding filmmakers and make campaigning work about employment rights, identity and immigration which still resonates today. Marian Hall, a vital cog in Birmingham’s film scene for many years, will talk about her work at TURC and share some highlights. Also joining us will be Sue Brown and Tina Hamilton, who ran Kamara Productions in Handsworth during the 1990s and made a range of work on cultural and political subjects.


In 2017 Oriental Star’s shop in Balsall Heath closed, marking the end of nearly fifty decades of trading. As well as a record shop OSA acted as a booking agency, bringing some of Asia’s biggest stars to the UK including qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose first performance outside Pakistan was at the Luxor in Balsall Heath forty years ago. Artist Faisal Hussain (True Form Projects) has taken on a sizeable portion of the OSA archive, from concert videos to camcorders, and today will be exploring the story it tells us about diasporic culture.

Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. We listen to our audiences to ensure you get the cinema experience you want. Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can find more information about our cinema refreshments policy here. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.