An early announcement for a series coming to BAMcinématek (in Brooklyn, NYC) in April – 15 films screened over 8 days, spread out between April 3 and 15.
Titled “Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film,” and curated by Ashley Clark, you’ll recognize most, if not all the films listed below. We’ve written about them on this blog – some more extensively than others.
I’m sure Ashley will have much to say about the series as its dates approach (it comes immediately after the festival that I co-curate that also happens at BAMcinématek); in the meantime, details, released today, follow below:
Named for the one and only film starring legendary mystic and jazz musician Sun Ra, Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film is a horizon-expanding exploration of alternate and imagined black futures and pasts. A kaleidoscopic journey of science-fiction, genre-bending global cinema,
unorthodox documentary, and innovative music videos, the series features rare screenings of John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History (1996), Haile Gerima’s Sankofa (1993), Ngozi Onwurah’s Welcome II the Terrordome (1995), and more. Special guests and events to be announced. Curated by Ashley Clark.
ALSO INCLUDES: Afronauts (Bodomo, 2014), Beat This!: A Hip Hop History (Fontaine, 1984), Blade (Norrington, 1998), Born in Flames (Borden, 1983), The Brother from Another Planet (Sayles, 1984), Cosmic Slop (Hudlin, Hudlin, & Sullivan, 1994), A Joyful Noise (Mugge, 1980), Ornette: Made in America (Clarke, 1984), An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Nance, 2012), Pumzi (Kahiu, 2009), Robots of Brixton (Tavares, 2011), Space Is the Place (Coney, 1974).
Check out a piece from Akomfrah’s “The Last Angel of History” (one of my favorites in the above group of films) embedded below: