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What Stories Shall We Tell?

Glasgow Film Festival will this year feature What Stories Shall We Tell? A programme of films with a focus on Black cinema, filmmakers and history, from Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 March. Programmed by Tomiwa Folorunso and Natasha Ruwona.


What Stories Shall We Tell?

'As curators/programmers there is sometimes a pressure to justify the selection of the films you choose, and do not choose. In an attempt to release ourselves of that pressure, and to not be constricted to one theme alone, we asked ourselves and each other, ‘what stories shall we tell?’

Good stories that are truthful and imaginative. Stories made by Black filmmakers and stories that speak to Black experiences. Stories about love and family. Stories about decisions and consequences. Stories that encourage us to critique everyday norms. Stories that inspire us. Stories that feel joyful. Stories that we get lost in. These are the stories we shall tell.'

Words by Tomiwa Folorunso and Natasha Ruwona


What Stories Shall We Tell? titles

Burning an Illusion

Burning an Illusion

Blood Ah Go Run (short)

Blood Ah Go Run (short)

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Ecrémé [Skimmed] (short)

Ecrémé [Skimmed] (short)

Farewell Armor

Farewell Armor

DA YI (short)

DA YI (short)

How to Order Online (short)

How to Order Online (short)


The Programmers

Tomiwa Folorunso

Tomiwa Folorunso is an Edinburgh-raised, Brussels-based writer, academic and producer. Tomiwa has written for The Herald and The National. She has been published in Imagined Spaces by The Voyage Out Press, and Monstrous Regiment’s So Hormonal. Tomiwa was the Black Ballad regional editor for Scotland and Fringe of Colour Films’ sub-editor, and writes traditional features and creative non-fiction. Tomiwa is currently studying a masters in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium, and her thesis explores the experience of contemporary Nigerian diaspora and their relationship with their homeland. Tomiwa managed the social media channels for the UK release of Clemency and co-ordinated the Glasgow grassroots marketing, co-producing a series of events to support the release of Queen & Slim. In 2020, Tomiwa presented the Radio 4 documentary, The Art of Now: Black and Creative in Scotland and #OurPlanetMatters for the BBC. Tomiwa is an experienced event host and chair, working with Edinburgh International Book Festival and Glasgow Women’s Library. Tomiwa has co-facilitated, co-created and project managed initiatives with both The Young Women’s Movement and the Empower Project.


Natasha Ruwona

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and programmer. They are interested in Afrofuturist storytelling through the poetics of the landscape, working across various media including: digital performance, film, DJ-ing and writing. Their current project ‘Black Geographies, Ecologies and Spatial Practice’ is an exploration of space, place and the climate as related to Black identities and histories. Natasha is interested in different forms of magic and is in particular drawn to the power of the moon.

Natasha completed a curatorship for Africa in Motion Film Festival 2019 and was selected as Film Hub Scotland's New Promoter for Glasgow Short Film Festival's 2020 edition. They are a Project Coordinator for UncoverED, Assistant Producer for Claricia Parinussa, a Committee Member for Rhubaba, and a Board Member of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.



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