Afro-Futurism Films II: Zombies, Apocalypse and Dystopias

Directed by: various, curated by Floyd Webb

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM

AFTERMATH: THE SEEDS OF ARMAGEDDON 

Directed by Vagabond Beaumont, 2018, USA, 9 minute, 30 sec. 

A fatally-ill father and his daughter are post-apocalyptic refugees struggling to protect each other from the harsh realities of the world. As the father’s health rapidly deteriorates, the daughter's faith begins to unravel as her fear of losing everything leaves her rattled and hopeless. 

 
DANGER WORD 2013
Directed by Luchina Fisher, 2013, USA, 19 min.
 
Danger Word is the story of a 13-year-old girl and her grandfather surviving the zombie plague in his wooded cabin -- and how her birthday celebration goes awry. Danger Word is a community-funded short film starring Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, "The Wire," "Banshee") and introducing Saoirse Scott ("One Life to Live"). 
 
NAKED REALITY
Directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 2016, South Africa / Cameroon, 62 min.
 
In an entirely urban Africa 150 years from now, energy is scarce and power lies in the past, channelled via prayer in defense against the genetic disorders of “Bad Luck”. Weather forecaster Wanita’s DNA may contain ancestral solutions, pulling her out of her life and into a post-modern odyssey. But no synopsis can suffice to contain the open-ended and constantly shifting world of the film: genetics, technology, time-travel, doppelgangers, the body as text, and meteorology appear as ambiguous signs along the hero’s journey. Each scene offers its own insights and reconfigures what came before, as the layers of artifice peel back towards the elusive reality of the title. The future, here, is evoked with icy minimal space that suggests its own meanings: if non-urban space has ceased to exist, perhaps this world of digital overlays and empty sound stages is an indication that all non-virtual existence will also be a thing of the past.
 
Program curated by Floyd Webb

View the trailer for Naked Reality here
 
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