VIDEO: The hidden voices of ‘Colored Girls’

By Rosie Vacciana-Browne 

On Wednesday evening the enterprise Serendipity, in partnership with Phoenix Cinema,  put on a showing of the film ‘For Colored Girls’ to honour the start of  International Women’s Month. 

The film is based on the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. 

Pawlet Brookes, the CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity, set the enterprise up to showcase talent from black communities both at home and abroad.

Speaking about her choice to put on ‘For Colored Girls’ she said: “I think it’s really important to tell the stories of black women, they are the hidden voices and missing pieces of a lot of historical events. I feel that we are very visible but simultaneously invisible.”

Ms Brookes’ goal with Serendipity is to present communities from the black Caribbean and African diaspora with international and local projects that they can identify with and tell their untold stories.

Speaking about the enterprise she said: “(Serendipity) is for all communities but we should not just be having black projects in the ghettos.”

Following the showing of ‘For Colored Girls’ she and her Serendipity team were promoting their next venture, the festival ‘Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF19)’.

LDIF19 will be in Leicester throughout April and May, with this year being the festival’s ninth and being inspired by the theme of ‘Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice.”

The festival will feature dancers from across the globe as well as local artists with a range of performances, networking events, workshops and films.

For more information on LDIF19 and Serendipity head to their website here:







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