First show: December 14
Co-presented by MoAD!
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Shorts Films From Emerging African Filmmakers
With the advent of BLACK PANTHER, much of the world caught up with the concept of Afrofuturism. Can Africa project itself into the future? Can it tell its own stories in more experimental, offbeat ways? This program seeks to question this perception that Africa has of itself in a compendium of diverse, vibrant short films made by emerging filmmakers. Indeed, ‘‘African cinema’’ has long become ‘‘African cinemas’’, rich in their plurality, even if still too marginalized.
Curated by Franco-Burkinabè film critic / journalist Claire Diao, this program includes five short films: So What if the Goats Die (Morocco) by Sofia Alaoui (Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2020), in which a shepherd finds a village deserted following a supernatural occurrence; We Need Prayers: This One Went to Market (Kenya) by Jim Chuchu, in which a visual artist comes up with a sly plan to take over the art world abroad; Ethereality (Rwanda) by Kantarama Gahigiri, in which an astronaut returns to Earth after being stranded in space for 30 years; Hello Rain (Nigeria) by C.J. Obasi, in which a scientist-witch creates wigs that grant supernatural powers; and Zombies (Democratic Republic of Congo) by Baloji, which questions the almost carnal relationship we have with our phones. This program includes original versions, subtitled in English. Program 87 minutes.
Special thanks to Claire Diao’s Sudu Connexion, as well as Richard Peterson and the Smith Rafael Film Center, where “Afrofuturistik” is also being presented.
Co-presented by MoAD & their exhibit: Amoako Boafo: Soul Of Black Folks
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