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The Future Weird: In Search Of A Black Atlantis

African sci-fi screening series "The Future Weird" is back, this month we go underwater in search of the "Black Atlantis", also known as Drexciya


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.

At 8PM + 10PM on Monday 26 August we're going in search of the “Black Atlantis”. While last month the selection of films documented bodies produced by force, during this month's 90 minute program of shorts we're looking at how water figures in the works of black filmmakers who are imagining the future or reflecting on the past.  We'll look at films that treat water as a cleansing force through which our bodies may be reborn (think baptism), and as a site of memory where disappeared and suppressed things resurface, wash up, or return to us as detritus. Traversing cinematic waters we come across slave dungeons reimagined as castles in the sand, African mermaids into mind-control, Tanzanian beach boys swindling tourists, and a German refugee smuggler from the future wants to find the fabled African city Drexciya.

WHEN: Monday, August 26 @ 8PM and 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), a snippet from the colonial archive, and films by Nikyatu Jusu, Kibwe Tavares, Barry Jenkins, and Akosua Adoma Owusu's award-winning short Drexciya (2010)

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THE FUTURE WEIRD is a new monthly series screening films which are set in imagined futures, with a bias toward African & global south directors. Presented by Derica Shields + Megan Eardley.

 

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Blitz Bazawuke, also known as Blitz the Ambassador's critically-acclaimed directorial debut The Burial of Kojo is officially in the running for a Golden Globe nomination, making it the first Ghanaian film ever to be considered for a nomination.

The musician, writer and director took to Twitter on Friday to share the news along with a picture of the list of contenders for the Golden Globe's "Best Foreign Language Film" award, which also includes Senegal's Atlantics (which is also in the running to become the first Senegalese film nominated for an Oscar) and Malawi's The Boy Who Harnessed Wind. Ninety-five films from 65 different countries are being considered for nomination in the category.

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According to the Academy, nominees in its Best International Feature Film Category must "have a predominately non-English dialogue track," and 'Lionheart' despite being an unmistakably Nigerian film, doesn't fit the bill.

Nigeria's hopes of earning its first Oscar nomination were cut short today after the academy disqualified Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut, Lionheart from consideration in the Best International Feature Film category, The Wrap reports.

According to the Academy the film does not meet the language requirement necessary for inclusion in the category since it was filmed mostly in English. Despite the film having some Igbo parts, an Academy rule—which states that films must have "a predominantly non-English dialogue track" in order to be considered for the category—makes it ineligible.

The decision comes as a disappointment considering it was Nigeria's first ever entry to the Oscars and it was one of the record-breaking 29 films out of 93 originally submitted this year that were directed by women. There were a record-breaking 10 films from the continent submitted this year, including Senegal's Atlantics and Ghana's Azali.

According to a report from The Wrap, it seems the film may have been disqualified before voters in the Best International Feature Film category ever even got a chance to see it. The film was reportedly supposed to screen for voters on Wednesday, before the news of its disqualification was announced via email on Monday.

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