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Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series - Program 1

Programmed by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum, Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series takes up questions about the Progress of the Race, with an emphasis on the role of place in the ongoing quest for Black freedom. The films consider the histories of Black places, and the place of Black histories, in the necessary imaginative work toward building better Black futures. All screenings take place in Jackman Hall at 7pm.

The First World Festival of Negro Arts William Greaves, 1966; 40m

Official film of the festival, a gathering that laid crucial groundwork for pan-Africanist thinking. Directed by William Greaves, the prolific African American actor and filmmaker who left the US in the 1950s to train at the more liberal, welcoming National Film Board of Canada.

Last Angel of History John Akomfrah, 1996; 45m

Akomfrah's foundational Afro-futurist text explores the idea of time/space travel through intertwined histories of Science Fiction and Black music, including vanguardists Sun Ra, Lee Scratch Perry, and George Clinton.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum


Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series - Program 1

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