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’
195 LewisChanelle Aponte Pearson IFFR 2017 45′
A web series about the loves and challenges faced by a group of black, queer, polyamorous women in Brooklyn.
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.
They Charge for the SunTerence Nance IFFR 2017 16′
In a dystopian future, people live in darkness to protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. Except for a naughty little black girl.
Killer of SheepCharles Burnett IFFR 2017 83′
An extremely sensitive, personal and political portrayal of the fate of black American working poor. In the poverty-stricken district of Watts, several years after the massive rebellion, Stan tries his very best to maintain his family. An iconic and widely-praised masterpiece by L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Charles Burnett.