THE FUTURE WEIRD: BLACK ATLANTIS 8/26 @ 8PM
"According to Afrofuturist legend, Drexciya is a sunken land inhabited by the children of African women drowned during the Middle Passage. Since they were never born, these children continued to breathe underwater: first through amniotic fluid, then through lungs better suited to their aquatic world. Join us on Monday 26 August, at 8PM as we go in search of the “Black Atlantis”.
"Black Atlantis" is an evening of short films that treat water as a cleansing force through which our bodies may be reborn, and as a site of memory where disappeared and suppressed things resurface, wash up, or return to us as detritus. Through myths that traverse the Black diaspora we meet a beautiful and dangerous sea goddess named Mami Wata, and encounter a deep-sea leviathan. Following tourists and then refugees fleeing Europe, we consider stories of migration, slavery and commerce, high seas adventure, and the thrill and terror of being haunted by an unknown past.
WHEN: Monday, August 26 @ 8 PM + @ 10PM
WHERE: Spectacle Theater, 124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York
WHAT: A 90 minute program of shorts. Includes the U.S. Premiere of Simon Rittmeier’s Drexciya (2012), snippets from the colonial archive, and films by Nikyatu Jusu, Kibwe Tavares, Barry Jenkins, and Akosua Adoma Owusu’s award-winning experimental short Drexciya (2010)