The theme for this year’s Diffusion photography festival in Cardiff is Looking for America.
It focuses on artists’ interpretations of the “American Dream”—that illusionary myth of individual capitalist success—and its relationship to modern Wales.
One highlight is photographer Roger Tiley’s work on the Appalachian coal mining communities, which have been in rapid decline since the 1980s. He previously worked in the South Wales Valleys and draws out the parallels between the two shattered mining communities with a haunting set of black and white photographs.
Invisible Heroes: African Heroes in the Spanish Civil War
Black US Communist and trade unionist Oliver Law became commander of the Lincoln Battalion fighting general Franco’s fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War. It was 1937, a time when black people were being lynched in Mississippi.
This film tells the story of the 85 black Americans who fought with the battalion.
It includes interviews with battalion members who survived and footage from the time.
Many, such as Law, had already been part of the 1930s struggles for workers’ and civil rights.
This film documents the battalion’s story, and brings out the impact of those struggles.
So we also see footage of the Civil Rights campaigner poet Langston Hughes.
During the Spanish Civil War he was a war reporter for the newspaper Baltimore Afro-American.
In some cinemas, and available to buy or watch online. Go to dochouse.org/cinema/screenings/invisible-heroes
SLS October: Spooks
The theme of the South London Shorts film project this month is “Spooks”.
The community project puts on independent films through crowdfunding and uses money raised to fund the production of one new film every year.
Similar events take place each month. November’s theme is “Conflict” and December brings “Death”.
To put in your film submission head over to southlondonshorts.com/submissions.