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’
Rebirth of a NationDJ Spooky IFFR 2017 65′
The music of DJ Spooky and the Kronos Quartet in Rebirth of a Nation is certainly no homage to D.W. Griffiths’ influential film from 1915. This remix of The Birth of a Nation emphasises the racist core of this notorious epic about a divided America by combining old images with new sounds.
Baldwin's NiggerHorace Ové IFFR 2017 48′
In a filmed conversation with a largely black British audience, writer James Baldwin examines similarities between the British and American black experience and the role of white liberals in the struggle. With his fabled eloquence, Baldwin provides difficult issues such as race and skin colour with sharp and subtle commentary.
The Golden ChainEzra Claytan Daniels, Adebukola Bodunrin IFFR 2017 14′
Yetunde is the only crew aboard the Nigerian space station Eko and witnesses the recreation of the origins of the universe. A futuristic reinterpretation of the Yoruba story of creation.
Testament of Hope and FailureTirzo Martha IFFR 2017 0
Tirzo Martha's altarpiece of twelve monitors with two watching saints shows the attempts, illusions and failures of a figure who presents himself as a hero, holy man and the hope of humanity. He has even started to believe this himself. Pride obscures his view of reality, so that he not only underestimates others but ignores them.