Diasporic Encounters

Thursday August 4 • 11:00am • International House

This collection of shorts explores different experiences of Blackness in places we don’t often think of, including Mexico and China. Through music, oral histories, and performance, we watch an entire world unfold in its beautiful magic and contradictions.


Short Narrative

Diasporadical Trilogìa

dir. S. “Blitz” Bazawule • Brazil/Ghana/United States, 2016, 17 min.

Diasporadical Trilogìa follows the story of a woman who mysteriously lived on three different continents at the same time. Through a magical realism lens, she shares her memories of growing up as a little girl in Brooklyn, a young lady in Accra, and a middle-aged woman in Bahia, while struggling with love, immigration and gentrification.




Field Notes

dir. Vashti Harrison • Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, 18 min.

An experimental portrait of the ghosts embedded in the culture of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Structured as a visual and aural field guide to the spirits of the island; from personal tales about shape-shifters and bloodsuckers, to the ghosts of Trinidad’s past, Field Notes focuses on the places where the natural and supernatural collide.


Short Narrative

King of Guangzhou

dir. Quester Hannah • China, 2014, 14 min.

A Nigerian man expecting a child with his Chinese partner fights deportation from her home country.



Short Documentary

Nana Dijo; Iressolute Radiography of Black Consciousness

dirs. Bocafloja & Cambiowashere • Argentina/Honduras/Mexico/United States/Uruguay, 2015, 37 min.

Nana Dijo is an urgent historical registry in the form of a documentary. Filmed in Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States, it opens a crucial platform of analysis about race relations by transgressing beyond the parameters of “safe discourse” imposed by culturalist agendas. The narrative grows from the body of the oppressed as an auto-cartographic experience that trespasses the borders created by nation-states. Nana Dijo is the black experience often hidden in the colonized psyche, which goes out for a walk each Sunday through the vernacular experience of our grandmothers. Navigating in an industry flooded with politically conservative projects about Afro-descendency with approaches fully subordinated to the cultural hegemonies that aim to exoticize and not empower the oppressed, Nana Dijo emerges as a solid effort to affirm the black experience.



Short Narrative

See Me On The Beat

dir. Philip Asbury • United States, 2016, 6 min.

Amid the bustle of their personal lives, two strangers meet in a salsa club and share a song. Through the magic of Afro-Latin rhythms, the dancers learn about each other and embark on graffiti-filled adventures far away.