An evening of film screenings organized by Black Radical Imagination followed by a conversation and Q & A with curator Amir George and filmmaker Jamilah Sabur (presented in Miami by ArtCenter/South Florida).
Black Radical Imagination's international tour comes to Miami on Sunday, November 6 (presented by ArtCenter/South Florida). The touring film series presents visual shorts that focus on "the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema." New stories on film by African-American cinematographers and artists delve into the worlds of new media, video art and experimental narrative.
Each artist contributes their own vision of postmodern society through the state of current Black Culture. The Miami portion of this tour features a conversation with Amir George (one of the Curators of Black Radical Imagination) and the Miami-based artist and filmmaker Jamilah Sabur.
Black Radical Imagination focuses on new stories within the African Diaspora, each artist contributes his or her own vision of postmodern society through the state of current Black culture. It focuses on the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema.
The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color in the realm of the cinematic. The series builds on futurist, surrealist, and magical realist artistic movements to interrogate identity in the context of cinema.
Presented by ArtCenter/South Florida at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, as part of the public programs for the new exhibition An Image.
Admission is free with Eventbrite RSVP at eventbrite.com/e/film-screenings-and-qa-with-curators-amir-george-and-eric-christovale-tickets-28864975920
(Portrait of the filmmaker Jamilah Sabur sitting near an alligator den at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville, Florida.
Photo Courtesy of Almaz Wilson)
The Golden Chain, 2015 (13 min) Directed by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Adebukola Bodunrin
The Golden Chain Trailer from Buki Bodunrin on Vimeo.
The distant future. A Nigerian space station in a remote corner of the galaxy orbits an artificial pinpoint of matter so dense it cannot exist in our solar system. It is a recreation of the birth of the universe itself, contained for the purpose of study, and overseen by Yetunde, sole crew member on the space station Eko. The Golden Chain is a first time collaboration between experimental filmmaker Adebukola Bodunrin and graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels. Fluent in very different disciplines, the two artists found common ground in their passion for Afrofuturism. Bodunrin has thrived exploring the lose structures and formal play of experimental cinema, while Daniels has met acclaim with rigid, cerebral science fiction graphic novels.
The Golden Chain finds the two artists intertwining their contrasting aesthetics to revisit the themes of the Yoruba creation tale. Obatala’s descent from the heavens to create the earth and mankind becomes an astronaut traveling to the edge of the galaxy to create a new Heaven. Blending traditional motifs with hard science fiction, Bodunrin and Daniels create a world at once fantastical, yet almost plausible, in order to ask the question: "Where will we go, given where we came from?