Les Avenir des Ailleurs panel BFI Southbank July 2009

Sat 27 February 2 to 5pm plus Q and A

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1
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Part of Black History Walks African Science Fiction & Fantasy season. Come and see why this inventive sci-fi docudrama was showered with awards and critical acclaim.

Part of African Odysseys at BFI Southbank

Adirley Queirós' high-concept, lo-fi futurist docudrama explores the trauma of victims of racist violence in Brazil
Set in Ceilândia, a city established by the Brazilian government to prevent the poor from settling in the capital of Brasilia, this biting critique of race mixes science fiction with testimonials from two men physically disabled by police violence in 1986. A “researcher” from the future comes to collect evidence against the state, and the pair give testimonials of their lived experience; meanwhile, an act of terrorism against this “apartheid” is being plotted… Queiros’s take on Afrofuturism is subtle, ingenious, and utterly contemporary.

Adirley Queirós' film is best described as shantytown sci-fi. Transforming a "suburb" of Brasilia into a ghostly no man's land, tl migrants from moving into the Brazilian capital. What was once dressed up as an urban planning strategy has slowly revealed itself to be a move aimed at limiting the freedom of movement of the mostly non-white have-nots, and it's perhaps hardly co-incidental how state-backed violence have literally reduced the mobility of the film's two protagonists. Both victims of brutal assaults by the police in the mid-1980s, musician Marquim (Marquim do Tropa) is now wheelchair-bound while ex-dancer Sartana (Claudio "Shokito" Irinaeus) walks with the help of prosthetics. The pair are tailed by Dimas (Dilmar Duraes), an agent arriving - via a time machine in the shape of a cargo container! - from 2073 to derail the "Big Boom" which will change the country's future forever.
Just as Interstellar conquers the galaxy with its Imax-catering budget, Queiros and his producer-designer Denise Vieira have countered that by producing a well-crafted vehicle about the future with canny twists of the present. Their efforts in conjuring the future through ingenious representation of the ordinary and mundane - Ceilandia's empty roads crissed-crossed by an overhead railway; Do Tropa's self-built home to facilitate his handicap; Sartana working with mountains of plastic limbs - could be seen as a 21st century Brazilian take on Afrofuturism, with Queirós' subjects (or collaborators) the logical heirs to Sun Ra, Afrika Bambataa or the Black Audio Film Collective. White Out, Black In is an understated wonder, its voice - the director's and the characters' - deserving to be heard

 jamaica 1905 cane cutters

Sat 30 January 2 to 5pm 

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1
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It’s 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. A group of Rastafari petition the Queen to demand slavery reparations. For many, reparations is linked to a desire to return to Africa, the homeland of their ancestors who were enslaved in the Caribbean by the British. This film traces the petition, as well as a reparations lawsuit against the Queen. We follow Ras Lion a mystic Rasta farmer and Michael Lorne; the attorney who brought the lawsuit. In the background are the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa to organize official repatriation. The film explores the impact of slavery on independent Jamaica, following the filmmaker on a journey, during which the question of reparations reaches Parliament in both Jamaica and the UK. Filmed over a decade, The Price of Memory is a compelling exploration of the enduring legacies of enslavement and the case for reparations.
Directed by Karen Marks Mafundikwa

Plus Q and A ,  discussion with academic and activist Cecil Gutzmore and advocate, reparationist and broadcaster Esther Stanford-Xosei