All Arts presents Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized features short and feature-length films from the United States, Nigeria, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil and Martinique.
A spokesperson for the festival comments, “Afrofuturism centers Black people as fully actualized without the constraints of racism and oppression. Inspired by African religions and culture from the continent and across the diaspora, Black futurist artists and thinkers reimagine worlds of freedom and liberation where Black people have true power and agency over their lives.”
The ten films presented in Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized are described by the festival organizers as follows:
Director Malakai brings us the story of Kai, a young girl forced to confront the realities of her grandmother’s declining health as a result of Alzheimer’s. Featuring Tabitha Brown, this film is a journey across the stars in the search of hope. (Friday, March 26 at 10 p.m.)
Addem and Efa are an alien couple living on Earth as humans, here to determine whether the planet has the right living conditions for their race. When they are called back to their mothership, they must fight uncontrollable urges to stay on Earth. Directed by Donovan Vim Crony. (Friday, April 30 at 10 p.m.)
Syanna is a young slave living in a world where plantations are video games and slaves must risk their lives to collect experience points. This is the first full-length animated feature film from Martinique and a unique showcase of its culture. Directed by Alain Bidard. (Friday, May 28 at 10 p.m.)
Nigerian director C.J. Fiery Obasi brings to life Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s story Hello, Moto, which explores what happens when three scientist witches use juju and technology to create wigs that grant supernatural powers. (Friday, June 25 at 10 p.m.)
Sterling K. Brown stars in this short film. Things take a surprising turn when five friends go on an annual hiking trip and learn a global event has changed the world. Now they must navigate interpersonal dramas as well as their own survival. Directed by Keith Josef Adkins. (Friday, July 30 at 10 p.m.)
From director Celia C. Peters comes the story of Roxë Jones, a high-strung prodigy who bets her future on technology. When a virus infects Roxë’s prized software and comes after her, saving her life’s work will also mean saving herself. (Friday, August 27 at 10 p.m.)
In the third feature film from Trinidad born director Nick Attin, several nations around the world join together in 2025 for an expedition into the furthest regions of deep space. Commander Nelson Obatala must risk this mission to rescue his friend. (Friday, September 24 at 10 p.m.)
In a technologically advanced future where mankind relies on spirits for guidance, Naji Bloom’s tribe is in crisis. When she learns the culprit behind the panic is close to home, Naji must decide whether she will save her people. Directed by Janeen Talbott. (Friday, October 29 at 10 p.m.)
A young priest living on Earth is pulled into an adventure a thousand years in the making as he discovers he is a member of a tribe of nomadic aliens caught in an intergalactic dilemma. Directed by H. Leslie Foster II. (Friday, November 26 at 10 p.m.)
Brazilian jazz pianist Jonathan Ferr directs this mystical short film soundtracked to Ferr’s song Luv is The Way from his album Trilogia do Amor (Trilogy of Love). Ferr explores the relationship between Aiye and Ona in this time-hopping experiential film. (Friday, December 31 at 10 p.m.)
For more information, visit the All Arts website
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