Channel 4 is to commission a series of short and longer form films from black British filmmakers about their response to the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent events.

The short films will explore and debate “the arguments and questions about our society that have long been felt but have been given new urgency” by the death of George Floyd and the protests that have swept the United States.

The short films will be commissioned by Head of Specialist Factual, Fatima Salaria and will run on Channel 4 and across C4 social channels over the coming weeks.

A series of longer-form films exploring different aspects of the black experience and questions about race in modern Britain will also be commissioned for Channel 4.

Channel 4 Director of Programmes, Ian Katz said; “Channel 4 has been committed since its birth both to representing Britain in all its diversity, and to promoting a more tolerant and equal society. We know that like all broadcasters we have much more to do to make our output truly representative of Britain, and we are working hard on making real sustainable change. The killing of George Floyd and the events of the last week have crystalised into a profound challenge to the way we think about, discuss and act on race issues on both sides of the Atlantic.  It is an urgent and potentially transformative debate that we must engage with now, and for the coming months this will be one of our editorial priorities.”

Fatima Salaria, Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 said: “This is a great opportunity for black film makers to make their voices heard at a crucial time. I look forward to supporting them and helping them bring their ideas to the screen.”

Jon Creamer

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