Jemima + Johnny


British Film Institute

British Film Institute

The friendship of a young white boy and a black girl reaches out across the generations in this uplifting short by South African-born actor and anti-Apartheid activist Lionel Ngakane. This is a clip from the 30 minute film.

Against a background media narrative suggesting ever-worsening racial tensions, it offered a refreshingly optimistic take on black/white relations in a post-riots Notting Hill. Jemima + Johnny won its director an award at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, the first black British film to be so honoured.

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  • Title: Jemima + Johnny
  • Creator: BFI
  • Date Created: 1966