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Must See – Black Fantastic at the BFI

Don’t miss In the Black Fantastic at BFI Southbank this July. See a thrilling season of visionary films drawing on science fiction, myth and Afrofuturism, from season programmer Ekow Eshun.

In the Black Fantastic brings together movies by visionary filmmakers from the African diaspora who draw on elements of

fantasy to address racial injustice and explore alternative realities. This season showcases films that inventively recycle and

reconfigure aspects of myth, science fiction, spiritual traditions and Afrofuturism. Barriers between the real and the unreal, the

natural and supernatural collapse. Black and post-colonial narratives of the speculative and the spiritual are revealed as

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invaluable sources of cultural knowledge and artistic inspiration. The embrace of the fantastical has nothing to do with escapism;

instead it suggests alternative ways of being, and confronts socially constructed ideas about race.

Films include Touki Bouki, Daughters of the Dust, The Brother from Another Planet, Yeelen, Sankofa, Top of the Heap, Eve’s Bayou, Kuso, The Burial of Kojo, Atlantics, In the Afrofuture – a trio of films and The Black Atlantic – a collection of short films.

There will also be opportunities to enjoy special talks and Q&As during the season. Ekow will give a introduction to the season on Wed 13 Julybefore a screening of Touki Bouki. On Wed 20 July June Givanni from the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive will introduce Sankofa, and on Mon 18 July Rhea Storr will discuss her film Here Is the Imagination of the Black Radical.

The season is presented alongside the In the Black Fantastic exhibition taking place at the Hayward Gallery, running from 29 June to 18 September.

Find out more and book films at bfi.org.uk now.

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