Black Radical Imagination


Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color. Specifically, in the film industry these restrictions are often digested and kept to propel a vicious cycle of negative identification. Black Radical Imagination invokes a futurist aesthetic where artists identify themselves and reclaim their own unique stories. Black Radical Imagination is curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George.
The Films

Afronauts (Cristina De Middel, 2012, 5 min.)
In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon, catching up with the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race. Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the schoolteacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts, a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit.

Reifying Desire 3 (Jacolby Satterwhite, 2012, 17 min.)
The latest installment in a six-part series, Reifying Desire 3 is a surrealist creation myth that stems from the director’s ongoing collaboration with his mother. Satterwhite writes: “Reifying Desire 1–6 will use 230 3-D modeled versions of my motherʼs drawings, my body, and animated figures. The intersection of the disparate disciplines including dance performance, drawing, and digital media acts as an exquisite corpse strategy for guiding the storyline.”

Mae’s Journal (Amir George, 2013, 12 min.)
A chronicle of the historic space mission of Mae Jemison in 1992. Through six fictional journal entries, Mae’s journey is recreated through live-action reenactments and actual footage of the STS-47 voyage.

The Changing Same (Cauleen Smith, 2001, 10 min.)
An Alien is sent to earth to investigate the “incubators.” She discovers that she is replacing a rogue agent. She questions her mission.

Pumzi (Wanuri Kahiu, 2010, 21 min.)
A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war.

“Without new visions, we donʼt know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us.”
― Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

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