Coffee Morning: Black voices in documentary with Vanessa Kanbi and Stewart Kyasimire

What does it mean to be a Black content producer in Scotland?

Join Carmen Thompson in conversation with Vanessa Kanbi and Stewart Kyasimire as we hear about their experiences and consider what can be done to increase opportunities for Black filmmakers.

Vanessa Kanbi is a Scottish Ghanaian filmmaker, podcaster and presenter who has a passion to shine a light on untold stories. Vanessa has grown her YouTube channel to 40,000+ subscribers and over 4.5 million views. Vanessa has appeared in the likes of BBC Scotland’s documentary ‘Black and Scottish’ and ‘The Peoples News’ in 2019. She has created content for CNN and the BBC. Vanessa is often a contributor on several BBC Radio shows and also has a successful podcast called ‘Magnificent Mothers’ in which she interviews mums about their life story’s and experiences.

Stewart Kyasimire is an experienced BAME-led director who recently directed the BBC ‘Black and Scottish’ documentary and a Lloyds Banking Group film. He also advises the Scottish Government on better ways of working with the BAME community and in the process of setting up a Scottish BAME talent agency.

As part of the event we’ll discuss our New Voices mentoring programme for women and non-binary filmmakers, and the next Bridging the Gap programme for emerging filmmakers.

We’re committed to diversity within both of these programmes and welcome and strongly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and non binary filmmakers.


14 July 2020, 10.00AM - 01.00PM