Journeys across Afro-Futurism
On sale to Members Wednesday 6 April, 10am
On general sale Thursday 7 April, 10am
This programme speculates on the impact and directions that the cultural aesthetic, and the ideas of Afro Futurism, have taken on within the medium of cinema.
Establishing the origin of this concept, in filmic terms at least, within an African American context through the figures of Sun Ra, Shirley Clarke and Ornette Coleman, brings together questions of music, social inequality, the city and of African iconography.
Having introduced these canonical films, the programme moves to ask the question: where have the traditions of Afro Futurism developed to? Seeking answers across the wider African Diaspora, incorporating the global south and Black communities across the west, to highlight the international dimensions that filmmakers have sought to enact their reflections on possible Black futures.
Journeys across Afro-Futurism: Space Is the Place
The film is an eccentric mixture of African iconography and space age technology, structured around the persona of renowned jazz musician and Astro traveller Sun Ra.
Ornette: Made in America
Shirley Clarke’s portrait of jazz musician Ornette Coleman draws from his connection to the free-jazz movement and his reflections on time and space, to create a multi-layered, unconventional film.
Journeys across Afro-Futurism: Kati, Kati + Introduction
This mystical film by Mbithi Masya travels across temporalities to tell the story of a Kenyan woman who is stuck in Kati Kati (Swahili for “in-between”) a kind of purgatory, following her death.
Journeys across Afro-Futurism: Ratnik + Introduction
This action-packed dystopian film set shortly after World War III, focuses on Sarah Bello, a battle-scarred warrior travelling back home, only to find a litany of issues plaguing her family.
Journeys across Afro-Futurism: Afro Brazilian Futurism
This programme of science fiction filmmaking by Afro-Brazilian filmmakers showcases the range of styles associated with imagining and re-imagining Black futures.
Journeys across Afro-Futurism: Brown Girl Begins
This Canadian science fiction film imagines a future of continued oppression for the poor, centring a female protagonist who must resurrect Caribbean spirits to assist with a revolution.