Courtesy of our friends at The Afrofuturist Affair comes a short film from rapper/actor David Banner, titled Walking with Gods, described as a live-action, superhero series about “a man whose godly powers are realized only when his inner being is balanced and he truly believes in the power within.“
Deep. I dig the concept, tapping into our ancestral mythologies. But the execution could be a lot better.
Still, as I’m always on the hunt for material by and about artists of African descent that looks like it’s pushing for something more than the usual and typical, I give a hat-tip to the effort.
It all begins when Aket Heru, son of a celestial king is cursed. Aket’s jealous older brother, Liel, becomes aware that their father will ignore natural order and install Aket as king, upon his death. Angered, Liel invokes the evil spirit Setus. Setus fools Liel and destroys the family, but keeps Aket for entertainment. Aket’s memory is erased and he is forced to travel through the ages not knowing his true God like power. Setus plays an evil game and Aket murders his girlfriend, Lisa. After the murder, Aket’s true power awakens. Aket must now fight to restore his full power and break the curse. In order to do so, Aket now Alex Light, must believe in his godly power and embrace his true destiny.
Banner says that if you’d like to see more, you can donate at www.davidbanner.com.
It features the live action artwork by afrofuturistic illustrator John Jennings.
Watch below, split up into 4 parts: