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(with the Black Cultural Center) Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Richardson Library, JTR 115
A superhero film like no other, Supa Modo follows a Kenyan girl named Jo (Stycie Waweru) who takes flight from the harsh realities of life by escaping into a fantasy world of her own making.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Richardson Library, Student Center Rm. 316
Pumzi (2015) Kenya's first science fiction film, imagines a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth's ruined surface.
Swimming in Your Skin Again (2015) Inventive American filmmaker Terence Nance’s experimental short is based on the work of musician and producer Norvis Jr, a fellow audio-visual auteur. Set in the hot and humid swamps, churches and coastal oases of South Florida, this magical, surreal tale engulfs pop culture and spiritual ritualism, channeling the nurturing convictions of love and relationships..
Kwaku Ananse (2013) Drawing upon the rich mythology of Ghana, this magical short film combines semi-autobiographical elements from the filmmaker's life with local folklore to tell a spellbinding story of a young American woman who returns to West Africa for her father’s funeral, only to discover his hidden double identity. Winner, African Movie Academy Award, Best Short Film.
Monday, February 18, 2019, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Richardson Library, JTR 300 (Rosati Room)
With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambety paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical.
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Richardson Library, JTR 300 (Rosati Room)
This film displays, in sci-fi drama/documentary fashion, an Afro-futurism and black unpopular culture. A computer hacker enters a Faustian pact in which he trades his soul for secrets of his future. Featuring interviews with Ishmael Reed, Goldie, George Clinton, Derrick May, DJ Spooky, Greg Tate, Carl Craig, and Juan Atkins.