Shorts Program: Bending Time

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An eclectic range of contemporary filmmakers expand the boundaries of Afrofuturism to rewrite the legacy of colonialism and racist oppression in these adventurous, time-warping shorts.

I Snuck Off the Slave Ship

Dirs. Lonnie Holley & Cyrus Moussavi
2019, 20min


An ecstatic Afrofuturist tone poem set to the music of visionary folk artist Lonnie Holley.

A Love Song For Latasha

Dir. Sophia Nahli Allison
2019, 19min


A luminous, dreamlike portrait of Latasha Harlins, whose murder at age 15 has overshadowed the truth of her life.

1968 < 2018 > 2068

Dir. Keisha Rae Witherspoon


Drawing on literary excerpts from the book Black Quantum Futurism: Theory and Practice, 1968 < 2018 > 2068 is a meditation on cyclical and linear time theory, memory, and trauma.

Specialised Techniques

Dir. Onyeka Igwe
2018, 6min


Director Onyeka Igwe sets out to liberate a documentary film of African dancers from the white colonialist gaze.

The Changing Same

Dir. Cauleen Smith
2001, 10min


In this experimental sci-fi-film-noir hybrid, Cauleen Smith (Drylongso) explores Black alienation and outsiderhood via the story of two aliens stationed on Earth searching for kinship and a sense of purpose.

They Charge For The Sun

Dir. Terence Nance
2016, 16mm


Laden with philosophical commentary on race and environmental justice, this profound science-fiction parable follows the journey of a young Black girl through a dystopian Brooklyn where people live nocturnally.

Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Space Is the Place

Avant-jazz mystic Sun Ra brings his pioneering Afrofuturist vision to film.

Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Once There Was Brasilia...

An intergalactic time-traveler journeys through decades of systemic racism in Brazil.

Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
The Relic Quadrilogy + discussion: Afrofuturism Now?

Utopian visions of an ascendant Africa and elegies for a colonialist past.

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