Inside Afrofuturism at the BFI 2014

Ashley Clark curated the Inside Afrofuturism long weekend – 28th November to 1st December. He quotes author Ytasha Womack to offer up a description, "Afrofuturism combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity and magic realism with non-western beliefs." The term was further discussed within the panel discussions which followed some of the screenings – some people subscribe to it, some people don’t. Clark himself writes, "It represents a flexible artistic aesthetic and a framework for critical theory applicable to multimedia work concerned with imagined and alternative black experiences."

Over four days, Clark brought together four features – "Born in Flames" (1983), "Space Is the Place" (1974), "The Brother from Another Planet" (1984) and "Sankofa" (1993); two documentaries – "Ornette: Made in America" (1985) and "The Last Angel of History" (1996); three shorts – "Robots of Brixton" (2011), "Afronauts" (2014) and "Pumzi" (2009); two post-screening panel discussions and one talk – Afrika Bambaata in Conversation with Don Letts.

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