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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Love Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2018

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Love Gala | BFI London Film Festival 2018


– [Fonny] You ready for this? – [Tish] I’ve never been more ready for
anything in my whole life. – [Barry] This film is about love and
family, and also about systemic injustice in the American culture,
the American judicial system, American life. – [Joseph] These are our children,
and we got to set them free. ♪ [music] ♪ – You know, the book is set and published
in 1974, and yet we’ve released it today. I think so many of the things that Mr.
Baldwin was talking about in the source material that we carry into our adaptation
are still very much relevant today. And I think in that sense,
you just really get to feel how prescient Mr. Baldwin was and how much
these problems have been allowed to persist. I think we’re living in a time
right now where, you know, the lives and souls of black folks are
being placed into arts and letters at a rate that I think is consistent with our
experience. And so, I hope that people who see themselves in the film can feel a
communion. I hope people who maybe don’t see themselves in the film because
they aren’t black, you know, and they aren’t from America can really
grow to understand what the experience of being black in America is like.

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