Commissioned as part of the Hackney Windrush Public Programme, The Axe Forgets But The Tree Remembers is a multi-voiced portrayal of members of the Windrush Generation and their descendants; with Whittle’s own family history woven into the narrative through archival footage of her grandfather, alongside stories sourced from Hackney Archives and conversations with the borough’s Windrush residents.

The film will be followed by an In Conversation with Alberta Whittle and Lewis Gilbert, Creative Director of a Vibe Called Tech, with a Q&A with the audience to follow.


5:45pm Doors Open

6:30pm Screening

7:15pm In Conversation between Alberta Whittle and Lewis Gilbert

7:45pm Q&A with audience

Drinks will be served at the bar

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle (she/ her) b. 1980 Bridgetown, Barbados. She lives and works in Glasgow. Alberta has been based in Scotland since moving here to study firstly at Edinburgh College of Art and later on the Master of Fine Arts programme at The Glasgow School of Art. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg.

The Hackney Windrush Public Programme is curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council with support from Freelands Foundation.

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