Special Event: Screening & Talk The Story of Bones with The Black Curriculum & Doc Society

This event has now happened

A Story of Bones
Screening & Talk
A Story of Bones

Event Date

Fri 24 Mar 2023

Event Time

10:00 - 12:30


Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 1HE, England


More booking details



Recommended Age Group


Curriculum Subject/s

  • Citizenship
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • United Kingdom


  • Wheelchair friendly
    Wheelchair Access

The Black Curriculum ,Doc Society and Into Film host a screening of documentary A Story of Bones

A Story of Bones follows a woman's battle to get the island of Saint Helena to properly recognise the burial grounds of thousands of enslaved Africans. Along the way, she makes connections with people remembering and celebrating Black heritage across the world.

TBC was founded in 2019 to address the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum and their 'Teach Black History 365' (#TBH365) mission was celebrated as part of our Black History & Experiences programme on Into Film+, which aims to move beyond Black History Month and embed Black history in the national curriculum throughout the year.

In 2022, Into Film and TBC officially partnered up and we kicked things off by chatting to Lavinya about her aims for the social enterprise, why schools should get involved and the centrality of film within their programme.


Quote from Lavinya Stennett, Founder and CEO of The Black Curriculum:

"We are delighted to be partnering with Into Film on this screening of 'A Story of Bones' and more broadly across both our programmes. Our joint aim is to equip young people with a sense of identity, celebrate their Black heritage and allow their history to be told. This film shines a spotlight on an important part of hidden Black British history and is a pertinent topic to launch our partnership"

Event has happened

This event has already taken place. For other events, please see our events page.

Film title

A Story of Bones


With the abolition of the slave trade at the start of the 1800s, the Royal Navy started intercepting ships that continued to forcibly transport human beings across the Atlantic Ocean. Though liberated, these people didn’t necessarily return to home. Many died in limbo, on the small island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory. Almost two centuries later, their burial ground remains a restless place, as their bones are unceremoniously excavated for the purpose of building an airport on the island to boost tourism. This rousing documentary follows Annina, an Environmental Officer living on the island, as she campaigns for a proper re-burial and memorial for the Africans whose ghostly presence some on would dismiss, and as she makes connections with people remembering and celebrating Black heritage across the world.


Dominic Aubrey de Vere, Joseph Curran



Country of Production



  • Documentary




95 minutes

Venue name

Hackney Picturehouse


270 Mare Street,
E8 1HE