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Soul Jazz presents screening of In The Heat Of The Night

Proto-Blaxploitation classic will be accompanied by Soul Jazz DJs and talk

The archive experts at Soul Jazz will present a screening of the classic civil rights-era film In The Heat Of The Night in London on Friday 18 November. Directed by Norman Jewison, the movie stars Sidney Poitier in the role of an African-American policeman from Philadelphia who investigates a killing in a racist small town in the Deep South, and was an important precursor to the later era of Blaxploitation films.

The film, which was made just four years after the notorious bombing of an African-American church in Alabama and one year before the assassination of Martin Luther King, played an important role in raising awareness of racism, bigotry and violence at a crucial juncture of US history.

In The Heat Of The Night also boasts a classic Quincy Jones soundtrack, and the evening will feature Soul Jazz DJs spinning after the film, as well as an introduction by label head Stuart Baker.

The screening is part of Soul Jazz’s ongoing Black Action Films series at the Regent Street Cinema.