Happy New Years! We begin 2016 with the end of the Afrofuturism Series. Join us for the screening of five short films: Drexciya by Akosua Adoma Owusu, The End of Eating Everything by Wangechi Mutu, The Becoming Box by Monique Walton, Deluge by Nijla Mu’min and Aljana Moons by Alexis Peskine. Below are the descriptions.
Drexciya by Akosua Adoma Owusu
A portrait of an abandoned public swimming facility located in Accra, Ghana. The Riviera was once known as Ghana`s first pleasure beach. A one-time extravagant Ambassador Hotel of postcolonial - early Kwame Nkrumah era, the Riviera Beach Club thrived until the mid-1970`s. The Olympic-sized pool, now in a dilapidated state, is used for locals for things other than swimming.”USA, Ghana 2010 11:30 min
The End of Eating Everything by Wangechi Mutu
Using animation, Mutu discusses overconsumption through a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. The video was commissioned by the Nasher Museum as part of the exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.USA 2013, 8 min
The Becoming Box by Monique Walton
A sci-fi short film that follows a family of three siblings dealing with the appearance of a mysterious box in their backyard in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One sister’s pursuit of the truth about the box will facilitate a paradigm shift that will change their world forever. Inspired by Octavia Butler, the Becoming Box deals with recovery, rebirth, and reinvention.US, 2011, 16 min.
Deluge by Nijla Mu’min
After witnessing the mass drowning of her friends and struggling with the decision not to jump in, 15-year old Tiana must decide if she will join the order of black mermaids that protect the waters where her friends rest. This film is partly inspired by the 2010 mass drowning of six black teens in a Shreveport, Louisiana sinkhole. None of them could swim. The film blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memory in a post- BP oil spill New Orleans.USA 2011 12:55 mins
Aljana Moons by Alexis Peskine.
Shot in Senegal, Peskine explores Black masculinity, fatherhood and the magic of becoming a man.USA, 2015, 6:10 min.
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