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Abducted by aliens, forced into slavery, secreted to a strange land and forced to participate in bizarre genetic experiments - the latest science fiction blockbuster, or a page from Black history?

Artist Sanford Biggers has called afrofuturism "a way of re-contextualizing and assessing history and imagining the future of the African Diaspora via science, science fiction, technology, sound, architecture, the visual and culinary arts and other more nimble and interpretive modes of research and understanding." Over the next few weeks, KCET Director of New Media Gary Dauphin will be introducing then showing a few of his favorite AfroFuturistic and AfroSurrealistic films, followed by discussion with a few guest stars, at the Inglewood Public Library, Main Branch.


March 2 - Adventures in Sonic Fiction

Sun Ra's Space is the Place (1974)
Music Video Variety Pack: P-Funk, Michael Jackson, Shabazz Palaces, Janelle Monae
*** Special Guest Star - USC's Sophia Azeb will share a few thoughts on Sun Ra and Egypt

March 9 - Alternate Black Histories

Ivan Dixon's The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
Haile Gerima's Sankofa (1993)
*** TBD Guest Star

March 23 - Black BioPolitics

Bill Gunn's Ganja & Hess (1973)
Blade (1998), starring Wesley Snipes
*** TBD Guest Star

March 30 - Parting Glances

John Akomfrah's The Last Angel of History (1996)
Wanuri Kahiu's Pumzi (2009)
Web Video Variety Pack
*** Panel - Participants TBD!

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