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’
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.
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.
MoonlightBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 111′
American indie sensation shows the life of a black man as he grows from being the poor child of a single, addicted mother into a tough adult continually wracked with doubt. This poetic narration about the exploration of identity, sexuality and bonding is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity. It has already won many prizes.
Hustlers ConventionMike Todd IFFR 2017 91′
Ten years before Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash launched the new musical trend, the trailblazing Hustlers Convention appeared by Jalal Nuriddin, regarded by many as the 'Grandfather of Rap'. Interviews are juxtaposed with music excerpts in this investigation of the origins of hip-hop and the crucial role of this almost forgotten album.