Burning an Illusion

A pioneering first feature from Menelik Shabazz, much of it shot around the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities, Burning an Illusion marked a coming-of-age for black British cinema. A film about transformation and identity, it is a love story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London. It was the first British film to give a central voice to a black woman, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening.

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