This UK premiere of Horace Ové’s new film on John La Rose draws on the visual archive of past events in the history of Trinidad’s diaspora to tell the story of John La Rose’s life. Having been involved in workers’ rights movements in Trinidad in the 1940s and 1950s, La Rose settled in London and became an active member of Britain’s black community in the early 1960s, founding New Beacon Books and the Caribbean Artists’ Movement.
For the first time, La Rose discusses his life story, which is captured on film by the Trinidadian photographer and film-maker Horace Ové who made the 1968 classic film Baldwin’s Nigger, the first black feature film Pressure (1974) and the acclaimed Playing Away (1986). A rare discussion between Horace Ové and John La Rose, moderated by Linton Kwesi Johnson.
The film was commissioned by AAVAA (African and Asian Visual Artists’ Archive).