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Cinema of the Afrofuture: ‘Hello, Rain’ and ‘Battledream Chronicle’

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Join “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized” series curator Celia C. Peters for a live discussion of two films from the festival, “Hello, Rain” and “Battledream Chronicle.” Presented as part of the ALL ARTS Talks series, the “Cinema of the Afrofuture” panel will feature C.J. Obasi (director of “Hello, Rain”) and Alain Bidard (director of “Battledream Chronicle”) to discuss their films, Black representation in animation, African-based folklore, Black women’s relationship with hair and more.

The talk, moderated by Peters, will also include “Battledream Chronicle” actress Yna Boulangé and creative hair artist Angela Plummer.

The discussion will be streamed live on the ALL ARTS Facebook page and YouTube channel.


About “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized”:

Afrofuturism centers Black people as fully actualized without the constraints of racism and oppression. In this alternate reality, Black imagination and creativity get to make the rules. Inspired by African religions and culture from the continent and across the diaspora, Black futurist artists and thinkers reimagine worlds of freedom and liberation where Black people have true power and agency over their lives. “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized,” the new Afrofuturist film festival from ALL ARTS, presents the possibilities of Black futures through the imaginations of 10 filmmakers. All 10 films in the “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized” festival are available to stream for free nationwide on the ALL ARTS app and website. In the New York metro area, films also premiere the last Friday of each month through Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. Eastern on the ALL ARTS TV channel.


About the films:

“Battledream Chronicles”

Syanna is a young slave living in a world where plantations are video games and slaves must risk their lives to collect experience points. This is the first full-length animated feature film from Martinique and is a unique showcase of its culture. Directed by Alain Bidard.

[Debuts on broadcast May 28 at 10 p.m. Eastern]


“Hello, Rain”

Nigerian director C.J. “Fiery” Obasi brings to life Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s story “Hello, Moto,” which explores what happens when three scientist witches use juju and technology to create wigs that grant supernatural powers.

[Debuts on broadcast June 25 at 10 p.m. Eastern]


About ALL ARTS Talks:

ALL ARTS Talks features live virtual conversations between arts and culture leaders and artists grappling with the current issues of our time, including racial injustice and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.