#EuropeNow2020 is online, July 31 – August 2
Watch the film below at the scheduled screening time* and click here to join us for the live Q&A with the filmmaker on Zoom** right after!
The Mayor’s Race by Loraine Blumenthal | Documentary | UK / Germany | 2019 | A mixed-race child, Marvin grew up with his single mother in Bristol’s ghettos in the UK with prostitution, violence and poverty on a daily occurrence.
Ever since, Marvin had the desire to go against the injustices he experienced and decides to run for mayor. Despite his charisma and intellect, his biggest battle is believing anyone will take this black guy from the ghetto serious.
In a tight race, he must accept his loss in front of rolling cameras. Though feeling personally ashamed, losing for him has a greater significance as the the city has a history of treating its black immigrants like no other. Bristol was part of the slave trade, was struck by a civil rights movement in the 1960’s inspired by Martin Luther King and had the black youth revolting in the 1980’s, which caused a nationwide riot. Today it is the increasing fear of muslims that shatters the city.
Despite his doubts, Marvin decides to run again. More professional, stronger and with the vital support of the Muslim-Somali community. Will he manage to break the circle of history and become the first mayor of African descent of a city in Europe?
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**Link for the Zoom Q&A with the filmmaker for one-click access. Please make sure you have the latest version of the Zoom App installed on your device for uninterrupted viewing. Q&A will start at 4.30 pm BST.
This screening is part of Film FeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk