Pay As You Feel: Poetic Justice (30/07/19)
Screen25’s last Pay as You Feel screening was a little different. Partnering with Young People Insight, a youth outreach platform that inspires creativity and conversation for 16-26 year olds, we hosted their film selection of the incredible Poetic Justice (1993).
Before the film, YPI treated us to some spoken word poetry direct from their Poetic Insight nights. Chantae (@chanz_123), Benny Bruce (@mistabruce_), and J.A.M.E.L (@Jamexpresslove) are each charismatic and verbally dexterous performers. Covering topics like love, masculinity, and language, these poets brought an amazing energy to Screen25 and set the crowd up perfectly for the film.
And what a film. Tupac and Janet Jackson star in this funny, romantic story of two young people, traumatised by drugs and violence in their neighborhood. They embark on a road trip to Oakland and discover different experiences with black identity which lead them to ruminate on history, opportunity, and each other.
Cameos from Q-Tip and Maya Angelou (who also wrote the poems that Jackson reads throughout the movie) show off the film’s embrace of poetry in all its different forms. The screening was made all the more poignant by the fact that director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) passed away this year. We thank Poetic Insight for bringing this film to life with their amazing poets.
Pay as you feel is funded by the Mayor of London's Culture Seed’s grant. The grant is used to support community-led cultural projects around London.