A place where space, pyramids, funk and politics collide, Afrofuturism is one of the most imaginative ways of re-defining and re-imagining black identity in the past, present, and the future. It is all encompassing - bridging everything from spirituality to hip hop, art, fashion, comic books, science, and, of course, film. Throughout October we will take a closer look at all of these areas, kicking off with a special focus on Sun Ra in celebration of his centenary.
Previous screenings & events in this season
The Last Angel of History 18 Afrofuturism
Mon 27 Oct 2014 18:00
John Akomfrah's seminal work on Afrofuturism, an engaging examination of the relationships between Pan-African culture, music, science fiction, intergalactic travel and computer technology, is one of the most influential video-essays of the 1990s.
Space is the Place + Intro 18 Afrofuturism
Thu 23 Oct 2014 23:00
You are cordially invited to experience (or re-experience) this Sun Ra sci fi classic, one of the most elusive cult music films of all time. Our hero travels through the cosmos in his music fuelled spaceship, offering a new way of life for the black people of Oakland on a planet where the 'vibrations are different'. A wonderfully strange filmic adventure, one we should all get on board for for this late night screening!
DJ Food's Future Shock Afrofuturism
Thu 23 Oct 2014 22:00
DJ Food (Ninja Tune/Solid Steel) presents a turntablist soundscape of sci-fi songs, cosmic music and retro electronic visions of a future very different from the one we live in now before a screening of Sun Ra film Space Is The Place, one of the most elusive music films of all time!
Black Sci-Fi + Short 18 Afrofuturism
Wed 15 Oct 2014 18:00
This simply titled 1992 documentary is a wonderful window into a specific time in the history of black science fiction in literature, film and television, featuring interviews with key figures from across these artforms including Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from Star Trek) and authors Octavia Spencer, Samuel R. Delany and Mike Sergeant.
Born in Flames + Short and Q&A 15 Afrofuturism
Sun 12 Oct 2014 18:00
A bold and brilliant fusion of sci fi and feminist politics, a comic fantasy of female rebellion which sees a huge army of women in New York join together to take down The System. Even thirty years on, there's still nothing like it!
I Am Legend + Black Superheroes Discussion 15 Afrofuturism
Sat 11 Oct 2014 17:30
Will Smith, summer blockbuster king and the consummate smart talking good guy, was the world's most famous Sci-Fi hero in the new millennium. He has saved Earth and greater humanity more times than we can count, but this time, in 2007's apocalyptic I Am Legend, he has a more difficult job to do. Followed by an illustrated talk on black superheroes.
Superhero Alter Ego Animation Workshop Afrofuturism
Sat 11 Oct 2014 13:00
X-Men's Storm, the Blade films, the Black Panther character. Black superheroes have inspired young and old, artists and filmmakers. Now, children aged 10-16 can explore their superhero alter egos in this special workshop led by Bristol-based filmmaker and animator Michael Jenkins where they will create puppet versions of their hero selves and animate them.
George Clinton: Tales of Dr Funkenstein + Short CTBA Afrofuturism
Sun 5 Oct 2014 18:00
We present Don Lett's hilarious and colourful profile of the godfather of funk George Clinton, whose 50-year career has defined the genre, from his 1950s days running a doo-wop, through the madness of the monster Parliament/Funkadelic machine of the 70s to his late 90s hip hop collaborations with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Bristol 2214 Flash Fiction Workshop Afrofuturism
Sat 4 Oct 2014
Imagine where Bristol will be in 2214 - what will it look like, and how will we live, work and play? Guided by acclaimed writer Courttia Newland, this is your chance to hone your writing skills by creating super short sci fi stories at these free workshops for 14-18 and 18-24 year olds.
Sun-Ra: A Joyful Noise + Funk Upon a Time Party CTBA Afrofuturism
Thu 2 Oct 2014 20:30
To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of experimental jazz great Sun Ra we present this rare documentary (named as one of the 50 greatest music films ever by Time Out), a stunning look at this one of a kind Pharoah musician from Saturn.