AFROFUTIRISM (African Sci-Fi)

Come and have an Afrofutiristic experience, a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines fiction elements of science, history, fantasy and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies. Afrofuturism critiques not only the present-day challenges of people of colour, but also interrogate, re-examine and reimagine the past. The Afrofutirism programme will run across Wales from October 2014 to January 2015, please check our programme and venues near you!!.

ABOUT AFROFUTIRISM

Africa in relation to the West is most often represented as the orientalist other, the alien. But Africa is not only the continent of poverty, war, famine, conflict and corruption. Early travellers and explorers struggled to understand African ontologies, and the misrepresentation of Africa continues today. Sci-Fi affords Africa, just like it is used in the West, the possibility to project a different future, multiple futures. Sci-Fi is not only entertainment and escapism, but also has a long history of confronting social issues. African sci fi allows us to imagine a new space-time to the normal “third-world” representations of the so- called “Dark Continent”. African storytelling traditions and mythologies contain the metaphysical themes that science fiction is best equipped to address: themes of identity, self and community, and relationships between generations in time.

 
African Sci-Fi is related to Afrofuturism, which developed in the African diaspora, in particular in America – a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies. Afrofuturism critiques not only the present-day challenges of people of colour, but also interrogates, re-examines and reimagines the past. Watch-Africa aims to bring at least three Afrofuturism films to Wales across four main venues.

SCREENINGS: FEATURE LENGTH FILMS

LES SAIGNANTES 

Image 1Cameroon/ 2005/97 mins

Dir: Jean-Pierre Bekolo

We are in an imagined Cameroon in 2025. Two gorgeous young women use their beauty to win favour from powerful men in a corrupt society. But, when one of these powerful men dies, it sets in motion a plot involving a severed head, a secret society of women and the fate of a struggling nation. A sci–fi thriller with a strong political sensibility.

+ Join us for a discussions on African film and Afro–futurism

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, CARDIFF: 23rd OCTOBER 2014 @5.45      BUY TICKETS

 

DISTRICT 9 + POST SCREENING LECTURE

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South Africa/ 2009/112 mins

Dir: Neill Blomkamp

As part of our Sci–Fi Season, this school screening, suitable for AS/A2 Level students will be followed by an       interactive lecture from Matt Beere, Chapter’s Learning Officer. The 45 minute lecture will contextualise the film   within modern South African cinema and will focus on the text as an analogy for Apartheid.

From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original science fiction thriller that “soars on the imagination of its creators” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed… only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, CARDIFF: 21 October 2014 @10.00 PM        BUY TICKET

 

PACKAGE OF SHORT AFRICAN SCI-FI FILM (5TH NOVEMBER)           BUY TICKET
 1.) DREXCIYA

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Germany/2013/28 mins

Dir: Simon Rittmeier

Thomas is a smuggler, shipping European refugees who hope to fnd a better life in Africa. One day his boat sinks and  he is washed up on the African coast as the only survivor. He then makes his way to the nearest city — Drexciya.

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2.) PUMZI

 Asha black and white with plantKenya/2009/23 mins

Dir: Wanuri Kahiu

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where water is scarce and humanity must stay underground for it’s own survival. The main character Asha, a museum curator, receives a box of soil in which she plants an old seed. The seed germinates, and Asha asks the Maitu Council permission to investigate life outside. The Council denies her, prompting Asha to escape and proceed with the search on her own.

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3.) ALIVE IN JO’BURG

images 7 South Africa/2006/6 mins

Dir: Neill Blookamp

An inspiration to District 9: Neill Blomkamp directs a short film about aliens in South Africa. Fictional situation where alien species have populated a South African shanty town, living an even more outcast life than the villagers themselves. A new kind of apartheid develops between locals and aliens.

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4. ) JONAH

 

jonaheader Zanzibar/2013/17 mins

Dir: Kibwe Tavares.

Zanzibarian beach boy Mbwana, hungry for the future, creates a myth that transforms his small town into a tourist hot spot, but when the reality is far from his dreams he sets out to destroy the town – or himself.

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5.) KICHWATELLI

Kichwateli PosterKenya/2011/7 mins

Dir: Muchiri Njenga,

“Kichwateli” is a short film by storyteller Muchiri Njenga set in a post-apocalyptic African slum and city. This film takes the viewer on a spiritual and metaphorical voyage through a young boy’s dream mixing new imagery of a young boy wondering inquisitively with a live TV as his head to show the effects of media on a young generation.

Featuring music by Just A Band (Africa’s super-nerdy electronic band), Modeselektor (Berlin’s breakbeat duo) and Maasai Mbili (Nairobi-based Art group) this music-metary is a metaphor for the way we are now all plugged into the same images of global anxiety while at the same time being ourselves subjects of scrutiny of the all-seeing ubiquitous cameras.

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