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’
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)
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.
KindahEphraim Asili IFFR 2017 12′
A filmic link between two African communities in the diaspora: one in Hudson, New York and one in the Maroon village of Accompong in Jamaica. The symbol for this link is the Kindah tree.
KBELAYasmin Thayná IFFR 2017 22′
A powerful visual essay about nappy hair. Confrontational and poetic, tranquil and exciting, it investigates the oppression of black Brazilian women, but also shows their power and diversity.