Reel Black: Afrofuturism - On-Demand Class
May 14 - September 16, 2021
Virtual class now available on demand. Take a deep dive into unapologetically blackity-black speculative film. What does that mean? Explore the answers in this culture-, commentary-, and clip-filled class taught by Nicole Pouchet.
Afrofuturism has been an important genre since way before cultural critic Mark Dery coined the term in 1993. But, what exactly is it? Science fiction? Fantasy? Speculative fiction works by artists of the African diaspora? All of the above. In this class, we’ll delve into the history of Afrofuturism and its first films, get into the intersection of film and music, then talk about some kickass stuff going on now. As with most art, Afrofuturism is relevant to and reflective of current events. We’ll discuss what that means in regard to learning from and about each other through culture. Films expected to be included are Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, The Brother From Another Planet, See You Yesterday, Touki Bouki, and the Kenyan short film Pumzi.
- Touki Bouki | (Senegal, 1973) dir. Djibril Diop Mambety
- The Brother From Another Planet | (USA, 1984) dir. John Sayles
- Pumzi | (Kenya, 2013) dir. Wanuri Kahiu
- Dirty Computer | (USA, 2018) dir. Andrew Donoho, Chuck Lightning
- See You Yesterday | (USA, 2019) dir. Stefon Bristol
ABOUT REEL BLACK
The Reel Black class series focuses on Black auteur filmmakers and Black influences within cinematic culture. Through deepening the cultural discourse with the past and present, we all prioritize and normalize Black stories and storytellers on our screens. This education series is curated with Isabella Price.
- Running Time: 120 min.