Jonah (trailer above) premiered at Sundance 2013. A synopsis of the film from its creators follows:
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
The visuals alone captured my attention, but reading up on the director, Kibwe Tavares, got me excited. On the TED Blog, Tavares discusses the relationship between his training as an architect and the science fiction aesthetic of his films:
As an architect, you’re always thinking about the future, too. You build in narratives that are in the future, because you’re always thinking, “When I design a building, I’m designing it for what happens 10, 15 years into the future.” And when you start looking at the future, it’s hard not to have that kind of science-fiction element.
Tavares’ commentary took me back to my initial impression of the film trailer. Afrofuturistic.
Hopefully you haven’t grown too tired of the word’s (mis)use because I think it’s really important here, especially after I’ve read Keguro Macharia’s Imagine in Black. In the blog post, Macharia offers a parallel between our everyday lives and those in dystopia:Read More »
I don’t know if every October is this packed with amazing art events, but I’m claiming October 2012 as a month of Black Art Rising because I’ll be supporting quite a few indie Black artists this month and I’m more than excited.
A few events in NYC I’d be at if I still lived there… New York Film Festival
09/28 – 10/14 Punk in Africa would be on my agenda if I were in town. Check out the full schedule here.
Congo in Harlem 2
10/8 – 10/23
Two weeks of Congo-related films and events. Check out the details here.
Change the Mood: Africans Are Real Release Party
!!! Binyavanga Wainaina is DJing at this party!!! Apparently the incredibly talented writer also has some DJ skills or he’s going to completely wing it; either way I have a feeling it’s going to be good and I’m really annoyed I can’t be in NYC for this. Check out details here.
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series
Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies is the feature film and Sam Pollard is teaching a workshop. Check out full details and schedule here.
I hope all you New Yorkers enjoy these (and the million other art events going on this month)! Thankfully the Chicago art scene ain’t too bad. Here are a few things I’m planning to check out
Chicago Artist Month
THE WHOLE MONTH!!!
I just discovered this last night so I haven’t completely checked out the calendar but 20 Neighborhoods, a woman-centered exhibition with workshops looks interesting. All details here.
I’m sure many of you have already seen this trailer. I think some of the issues discussed in this film are overdone (I cringed a little with the “Can I touch your hair” scene) but this looks very well done. I’m looking forward to the release of this film
I usually post a review/reflection of a film before I post about the music but I’m somewhat ambivalent about Beasts of the Southern Wild. I like Hushpuppy, I like her relationship with her dad, I cried during the film, but something felt a bit off about how the story was told. For certain, it was not the music. Check out some of the songs from the film:
If you’d like to read recommendations/reflections of the film check out:
“An Unexpected, Enduring Lesson From Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Colorlines
“Magic, a Hushpuppy, and the Beasts of the Southern Wild” by P. Djeli Clark
*Update: Looks like the original video I posted has been removed. Here is a featurette on the music in the film:
So I’m supposed to be abstaining from films of the romantic kind but I was over at Colorlines checking out the new reality web-series K-Town. In considering comments from the show’s executive producer about the exaggerated stereotypes and the model minority that the media often portrays Asians as, I started to think about Barry Jenkins’s short film Tall Enough. As I said in the comments sections on the Colorlines article, Tall Enough was the first time I’d seen the Chinese language portrayed in a romantic way from an American filmmaker. It completely turned the presentation of Asian languages as comical on its head. Check it out below:
The film centers on Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager struggling with the difficulties of growing up in a city (Bogota) of exclusion and racism against those who look like him; When his younger brother disappears, Tomas is forced to leave his home to look for him. With the help from his older brother Chaco, Tomas roams the city’s streets, as his search becomes more of a journey in which he’s forced to face his past, and to leave aside the influence of his brothers in order to find his own identity, all with the vibrancy and instability of a city in flux as the film’s backdrop.
Much gratitude to Nnedi Okorafor for sharing my post on Akata Witch, it brought a lot of traffic to my site and introduced me to other bloggers and writers. I’ve been taking my time checking out P. Djèlí Clark’s blog. There’s a lot of good stuff for sci-fi/fantasy fans and for writers of all genres.