The Black Cop Documentary and Q&A
GSA Exhibitions/We Are Parable

Event Type:

Guest Lecture


Reid Building Auditorium The Glasgow School of Art


1 Mar 2022
17:45 - 19:30



Still from 'The Black Cop'
Directed by Cherish Oteka

The Black Cop Documentary and Q&A

Event info

The Black Cop

We Are Parable and Aya Films present a screening of BAFTA-nominated short documentary 'The Black Cop' + Q&A + Networking.

As part of their new nationwide programme Testimonies, celebrating the work of Black British women and non-binary documentary filmmakers, We Are Parable and Aya Films present a screening of BAFTA-nominated short documentary The Black Cop at The Glasgow School of Art.

The Black Cop is an intimate portrait of Gamal 'G' Turawa, an ex-Metropolitan police officer, exploring his memories of racially profiling and harassing black people and homophobia in his early career. Now an openly gay man, Turawa’s story is a multi-layered one and sits in the centre of three pivotal moments in recent British history, from the black communities’ resistance of oppressive policing, to the push for LGBTQIA equality and the aftermath of the west African 'farming' phenomenon, where white families took care of black children outside the remit of local authorities.*

The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Cherish Oteka, hosted by Titilayo Farukuoye. There will also be opportunity for filmmakers, artists and documentary fans to connect and share experiences at a Testimonies networking drinks after the screening.

*Warning - viewers may find the content of this film distressing. This screening is rated 15.

Event is free, but registration is required.

There is a small travel fund available to assist filmmakers and others interested in documentary to come to the screening and networking event who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please contact carmen@weareparable.com.


Cherish Oteka

Cherish Oteka began their career in broadcasting, working across content selection, acquisitions and content curation for leading broadcasters. Cherish has since made documentaries with a range of well-known brands and broadcasters including BBC, London Live, SBTV, Tate, Stonewall and most recently BFI and The Guardian.

Cherish has been selected on well-respected talent schemes including Edinburgh Television Festival’s One’s to Watch, Sheffield Documentary Festival’s Doc Next and The Grierson Trust’s Doc Lab.

In 2016, Cherish won UKTV’s Rising Star Award. The following year they also won Best Documentary at the Movie Screen and Video Awards. Cherish's latest project, The Black Cop has been nominated for a BAFTA.

Titilayo Farukuoye

Titilayo Farukuoye is an Austrian-Nigerian writer, organiser and anti-racist educator based in Glasgow. Titilayo co-directs the Scottish BPOC Writers Network and organises with Yon Afro and the Anti-racist Educator Collective. Striving to dismantle oppressive structures, Titilayo interrogates race and gender constructs through their work and explores climate justice and community care. Titilayo curated Our (In)visible Strengths (2018), a visual exhibition celebrating Scottish African and Afro-Caribbean communities, their poetry featured at Fringe of Colour Films among others. Titilayo has also been recognised for their journalistic work (Media4Change, 2019 and Future News Worldwide, 2019).


Testimonies has been made possible with the support of the BFI Doc Society Fund. Find out more about the programme at: www.weareparable.com/testimonies


Please show registration on arrival and please follow current Covid guidance