Dating and the concept of love has changed so much over the last decade or so. Go back 50 years the man had to make the first move. But now dating is a commercial enterprise and a powerful emotional minefield for the dater. Online dating and social networking are the norm with the rise of dating websites and apps, like e-Harmony, Match.com, and of course Tinder.
Traditional concepts of love are blurred as adults no longer want the long dating “ting” (game) but are opting for a “quick fix”. Looking for Love touches on the less giddy side of “love” where despite modern advancement in communication technology, many people face loneliness and depression.
Modern living seems to be at odds with the quality of life associated with the holy grail of inner contentment. Economic empowerment of women has blurred female role expectations and become confusing for both sexes. Many women are increasingly opting into the world of single-dom. Yet underneath all this is the deep rooted need to be loved.
This no holds barred documentary from leading British filmmaker Shabazz combines frank, intimate and humorous interviews alongside carnival footage and spoken word to explore modern relationships. The film focuses on the UK’s Black British community as a microcosm of British society. Individuals, groups, psychologists and comedians consider love, sex, intimacy and forgiveness.
Menelik said; “I came to this film through understanding my own baggage and how it was impacting own my personal relationships. All of us are carry baggage but how many are willing to go through what it takes to unload?“
Menelik Shabazz on the set of Looking for Love
Contributors include African American psychologist Dr Umar Johnson, relationship author’s Susan Quilliam and Jackie Holder. Whilst Kojo, Andi Osho, Eddie Kadi, Slim, Mr Cee, Donna Spence and Glenda Jaxson add insightful humor to a subject that we all talk about.
The film is produced and directed by multi –award winning Director/Producer Menelik Shabazz.
This project follows on from his previously successful and award winning feature documentary The Story of Lover’s Rock, one of the highest grossing documentaries at the UK cinema box office in 2012.
Looking for Love opens in the following UK Cinemas on 21st August 2015: Tricycle Theatre Kilburn, Hackney Picturehouse, Ritzy Picturehouse, Dalston Rio, Streatham Odeon, Vue Shepherds Bush, Vue Birmingham, Midlands Art Centre, Vue Westfield Stratford – Followed by on 28th August 2015: Vue Croydon Grants and Broadway Nottingham, 10th September The Drum Birmingham Q&A with Director.
More venues, Q&A dates and times will be confirmed.
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