One of the most memorable films to tackle the subject of racial identity will be shown as part of In Celebration of My Sisters 20th anniversary celebrations on Friday February 19th at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Imitation of Life is the powerful ‘50s classic starring Juanita Moore, Lana Turner, Susan Kohner and Sandra Dee. The film deals with the challenges which arise for two women raising daughters, most crucially the relationship between Annie Johnson (Moore) and Sarah Jane (Kohner): the black maid and her mixed-race daughter who struggles with her black identity.
I remember watching this film as a child and being absolutely mesmerised. It was the first time I recalled watching a classic Hollywood movie that dealt with such an emotionally fraught and contentious subject in a raw and unflinching way. It will be interesting to view again with adult (critical) eyes and see how it holds up as an artistic statement on racism/shadism/self-hate and identity after all these years.
ICOMS has joined forces with The Black Cinema Club to make this screening happen. Show time commences at 7.30pm, with a Q&A scheduled after the film. Tickets are priced at £8.50, but we have a pair of tickets to give away to one reader. To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:
Which actress played the role of Annie Johnson in An Imitation of Life:
A) Julie Moore
B) Juanita Moore
C) Jennifer Moore
Email your answer A, B or C to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date January 30th. Open to UK residents only.
For further information and to book tickets to the screening visit incelebrationofmysisters.com