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Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film, the Sequel

 
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Apr 3—Apr 9, 2020
 
   
 
 
 
 
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Exactly five years to the day after Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film opened at BAM, we’re excited to present a sequel series that’s every bit as expansive and adventurous as the first: a mixture of features, shorts, and video art which centers Black experience in alternate and imagined realities. Free jazz visionary Sun Ra’s eponymous Space Is the Place returns alongside an all-new slate of rarely screened world cinema classics as well as thrilling new works from contemporary filmmakers who are reimagining the shape of Afrofuturism—as an aesthetic and as a mode of intellectual inquiry—in a post-Black Panther world.


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

Avant-jazz mystic Sun Ra brought his pioneering Afrofuturist vision to film with this kaleidoscopic whirl of science fiction, sharp social commentary, pseudo-blaxploitation stylistics, and concert performance.

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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Sorry to Bother You
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Sorry to Bother You
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Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and a crazed Armie Hammer star in Boots Riley’s deliriously inventive debut: a head-spinningly surreal, bomb-throwing anarcho-comedy that keeps topping its own craziness.

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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Yeelen + The Golden Chain
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Yeelen + The Golden Chain
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Malian master Souleymane Cissé’s mystical Cannes prize-winning journey through 13th-century Mali is paired with a surreal outer-space odyssey to the edge of consciousness and the cosmos.

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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
White Out, Black In
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White Out, Black In
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This formally inventive sci-fi voyage through the past, present, and future of racial struggle in Brazil is a triumph of dystopian world-building on a shoestring budget.

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

An intergalactic time-traveler journeys through decades of systemic racism in Brazil in this visually dazzling tour-de-force of “futurist ethnography.”

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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Les Saignantes + Zombies
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Les Saignantes + Zombies
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Cameroonian auteur Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s Afrofeminist lesbian-vampire sci-fi satire screens alongside a hallucinatory tour through Kinshasa courtesy of Belgian-Congolese rapper Baolji.

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The Relic Quadrilogy + discussion: Afrofuturism Now?
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The Relic Quadrilogy + discussion: Afrofuturism Now?
Canceled
 

Part of a sprawling, ongoing multimedia project by artist Larry Achiampong, these immersive audiovisual experiences are both a utopian vision of an ascendant Africa and an elegy for the tragic colonialist past.

+ Post-screening discussion on Afrofuturism
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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
The Passion of Remembrance
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The Passion of Remembrance
Canceled
 

This radically innovative work from the Sankofa Film and Video Collective provides a thought-provoking, formally audacious framework for considering issues of Black British identity, gender, and sexuality.

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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Crumbs + Hasaki Ya Suda
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Crumbs + Hasaki Ya Suda
Canceled
 

Two dazzlingly imaginative visions of a post-apocalyptic Africa featuring mysterious UFOs, witches, Santa Claus, Ninja Turtles, and samurai-style action.

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Space Is The Place: Afrofuturism on Film the Sequel
Shorts Program: Bending Time
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Shorts Program: Bending Time
Canceled
 

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.

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PAST EVENTS
Film series
Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film
 

Join us on a kaleidoscopic journey of science-fiction, genre-bending global cinema, documentary, and music videos.

Apr 3—Apr 15, 2015