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’
Medicine for MelancholyBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 88′
An uneasy one-night stand in San Francisco unexpectedly leads to a day of museum visits, political debates and cautious overtures. Impressive debut by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, who is now regarded as a key figure in modern American Black Cinema. Filmed in the tradition of romantic widely-roaming films like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Claire Denis's Friday Night.
IdentificationMike Hoolboom IFFR 2017 29′
A story of the city in sixteen acts, recurring scenes with variations, of loss and humour. A look at the colour that is not a colour. Remembering Charlie "Africa" Keunang. (Mike Hoolboom)
RemigrationBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 19′
A future San Francisco is inhabited only by affluent people. The authorities lure others into the city to do manual labour in exchange for free education.
Reluctantly QueerAkosua Adoma Owusu IFFR 2017 8′
Hushed monologue in black-and-white in which a young Ghanaian immigrant confesses in a warm, openhearted letter to his mother that his love for men was the reason he left for America.