The Last Angel of History – Afrofuturism on Film

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Feb. 16, 2017, 06:30 am

3901 Rhode Island Avenue

Directed by John Akomfrah. 1996. (45 min)

This cinematic essay posits science fiction (with tropes such as alien abduction, estrangement, and genetic engineering) as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement, cultural alienation, and otherness. Akomfrah’s analysis is rooted in an exploration of the cultural works of Pan-African artists, such as funk-master George Clinton and his Mothership Connection, Sun Ra’s use of extraterrestrial iconography, and the very explicit connection drawn between these issues in the writings of black science fiction authors Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia Butler.

Free. Open to the public.

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