FRIDAY

Aug. 21

5:30 PM


Shorts Program: Refractive


The light in your eyes: shifts in medium, dimension, state of being, and technology.




72 mins.

Q&A to follow


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Short Documentary

The Incredulity of Jacolby Satterwhite

Dir. Lorena Alvarado
9 mins, United States, 2020

In the midst of career-marking solo exhibitions in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, celebrated digital artist Jacolby Satterwhite creates his most ambitious and soul-searching work to date, candidly revealing the fears and desires that fuel his fantastical animations.



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Experimental

ALLUMUAH

Dir. Curtis Essel
5 mins, United Kingdom, 2020

Allumuah explores the way the internet enables a lineage of aesthetics passed between African diaspora artists. Expounding on the concept of African identity and the influence technology has had on it over the decades.

East Coast Premiere


Trailer

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Experimental

.srt

Dir. Africanus Okokon
10 mins, United States, 2019

.Srt is documentation of a performed 16mm montage film. The film is a proposal to ask us how we think of time, memory, language, spirits, and the dead in the cosmos of the African diaspora through found and manipulated film, video, camera-less animation with a live performed soundtrack.

Philadelphia Premiere



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Short Documentary

Photographer in Focus: Aïda Muluneh

Dir. Adeyemi Michael
6 mins, Ethiopia, 2019

A lyrical portrait of Ethiopian artist and photographer Aïda Muluneh and her process. An elevated glance at the photographer’s arresting series Water Life, focusing on her hypnotic approach.



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Experimental

Black Man in the Cosmos

Dir. Kitoko Diva
18 mins, France, United Kingdom 2019

Sun Ra lands on a new planet in the outer space to seek a utopian refuge for the emancipation of the Black man. An experimental and poetical interstellar journey through the cosmos, addressing the identity crisis issue and traumas among European Afro-descendants.

North America Premiere

Nominated for Best Experimental Film



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Experimental

Canada Park

Dir. Razan Alsalah
9 mins, Palestine, Canada, UK, 2020

I walk on snow to fall unto the desert. I find myself on unceded indigenous territory in so called Canada, an exile unable to return to Palestine. I trespass the colonial border as a digital spectre floating through Canada Park, transplanted over three Palestinian villages razed by the Israeli military in 1967.

World Premiere