Many democratic societies are facing the implications of the cultural divide and emerging racism. In film history there is no other movement that has been investigating and addressing these issues as thoroughly as black cinema. Filmmakers throughout the African diaspora have been commenting on this divide, since the birth of cinema up until this very day. In Black Rebels IFFR presents films about and predominantly by black people resisting this divide. The programme features Dutch and European premières and classics in all genres. There is plenty of variety from feature films, short films, drama, (music) documentaries to experimental films, science fiction and video art. Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight will give a masterclass, there will be exhibiting art installations from Keith Piper (Robot Bodies) and Tirzo Martha (Testament of Hope and Failure) and there will be various talks with filmmakers. The Black Rebels programme will also host a vibrant four-hour talk show, Minding the Gap, that will not only discuss the cultural divide, but also the rich influence of black culture on the arts. The talk show will feature guests including prominent director Charles Burnett of the L.A. Rebellion film movement.
Films in ‘Black Rebels’
Robot BodiesKeith Piper IFFR 2017 0
An interactive installation by Keith Piper on three screens that investigates racial metaphors in science fiction. Using film excerpts accessible via interfaces, you dissect notions about robots, androids and cyborgs in order to draw parallels with historic and social ideas about the black body. Part of a project that Keith Piper initiated in 1998.
Tall EnoughBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 7′
An interracial love story, made for Bloomingdale's department store, but there’s not a product in sight. A visual and introspective study of love in Jenkins' typical cinematographic style.
ChlorophylBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 17′
Young woman wrestles with her identity and failed relationship, reflected in the city of Miami. A cinematographic exploration of change as a natural process, the way chlorophyll makes photosynthesis possible in leaves.
Bayard & MeMatt Wolf IFFR 2017 16′
Intimate portrait of black homosexual civil rights activist and Freedom March organiser Bayard Rustin. His partner Walter Naegle describes how they rebelliously managed to make their relationship legal after all.