BFI Sues Black Lives Matter Activist, Alisha, Over Alleged £216,000 Sponsorship Debt

by Adeola Adeyeye
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BFI Sues Black Lives Matter Activist, Alisha,

In a dramatic turn of events, the British Film Institute (BFI) has taken legal action against prominent Black Lives Matter activist, Alisha Hall, and her company, Hall Media Group Limited, over an alleged sponsorship debt amounting to a staggering £216,000. This unexpected petition filed by the BFI has sent shockwaves through the film industry.

The BFI stated that they intended the funds in question to cover the expenses of the prestigious London Film Festival, held in October 2021. Hollywood stars often graced the event with their presence. The outstanding amount is claimed to be owed by Hall’s organization, The Liberation Initiatives.

The significance of the alleged sponsorship is evident.

BFI’s annual report prominently mentioned The Liberation Initiatives. In their announcement of the 65th festival, the BFI recognised The Liberation Initiatives as the Main Partner. They emphasized their crucial role in supporting key programs and their commitment to fostering inclusivity for underrepresented communities.

The Liberation Initiatives, an organization founded in response to the tragic death of George Floyd in America, describes itself as a driving force for systemic change to combat social and economic disadvantages faced by marginalized communities. They have further provided great support to numerous community groups, Black entrepreneurs, and creatives in the UK.

In response to the legal proceedings, a spokesperson for The Liberation Initiatives expressed pride in their work. As well as their support for marginalized communities. They also stated their belief that the BFI’s complaint lacks merit and voiced their enthusiasm to present their case in court.

The BFI, on the other hand, refused to comment on the ongoing proceedings against Hall Media Group Limited. They further cited the importance of keeping a neutral stance especially when legal matters are being resolved.

Consequently, as this legal battle unfolds, the industry and the wider public await the outcome. This could have major effects on future partnerships between major organizations and social justice movements.

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