Co-Presented by Black World Cinema
This program of short award-winning films from Black World Cinema's Afro-Futurism Film Competition showcases the creative visions of filmmakers whose work captures the spirit and energy of Afro-Futurism.
A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago (Ytasha L. Womack, 2017, US, 14 min)
A love letter to the ancestors from the streets of the Windy City, this Afro-Futurist short film demonstrates that rhythm and dance bridge all times and spaces. A Love Letter is a serenade to the future past through the greatest technology of them all…the human body.
Sight (Janeen Talbott, 2017, US, 16 min)
Set in a parallel earth, Sight is about a nonbeliever named Naji who must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her tribe when supernatural forces bring a dark truth to light.
The Golden Chain (Adebukola Bodunrin and Ezra Claytan Daniels, 2016, US, 14 min)
Made by former Chicagoans animator Adebukola Bodunrin and graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels, The Golden Chain is a speculative science fiction tale set in the distant future. A Nigerian space station in a remote corner of the galaxy orbits an artificial pinpoint of matter so dense it cannot exist in our solar system. It is a recreation of the birth of the universe itself, contained for the purpose of study, and overseen by Yetunde, sole crew member on the space station Eko.
Hasaki ya suda (Cédric Ido, 2010, France, 24 min)
It is 2100. In a world engulfed in chaos and war, whose residents are consumed by terrible hunger, the last fertile land becomes the subject of fierce battles. Three warriors—the noble Wurubenba, Shandaru, who wants to avenge his father's death, and power-craving Kapkaru—will face one another in a fight for life and death.
Twagga (Cédric Ido, 2013, France, 30 min)
Burkina Faso, in 1985. Manu, an eight-year-old boy, has no friends. He clings to his older brother Albert and to his two friends, Kaboré and Ibou, non-stop . When Albert is marabouted to become invincible, Manu realizes that in real life there exists the powers which can compete with those of the super hero whose adventures he reads in comic strips every week.