As adrienne maree brown states in Pleasure Activism, “Our radical imagination is a tool for decolonization, for reclaiming our right to shape our lived reality.” Nonfiction filmmakers and artists of color are articulating new terms of engagement towards more equitable creative collaboration and experimentation as they work, dutifully and artfully, to present their own visions of our shared reality, rooted in a deep interrogation of self, community, values, and motives. In order to revolutionize a body of knowledge designed for division into a creative strategy of liberation, today’s most exciting documentary filmmakers are troubling the frame and breaking with tradition. They are questioning the notion of single authorship and forgoing the three-act story structure for collaborative storytelling and framing techniques that reposition the subjects’ presence and allow alternative readings of the film to emerge. Bringing new urgency to the concept of the “unreliable narrator,” we will discuss restorative interactions through art making, aesthetic idioms, and how filmmakers and audiences can begin to “live new stories” together.
This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live with closed captioning on August 20th from this web page as well as BlackStar’s Facebook page.
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