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Cinema of the Afrofuture: ‘The Abandon’ and ‘Roxë15’

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Join “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized” series curator Celia C. Peters for a live discussion of two films from the festival: “The Abandon” and “Roxë15.” Presented as part of the ALL ARTS Talks series, the “Cinema of the Afrofuture” panel will feature Keith Josef Adkins, April Matthis, Seth Shostak, Morocco Omari and Jervaughn Hunter.

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:

“The Abandon”

Sterling K. Brown stars in this short film. Things take a surprising turn when five friends go on an annual hiking trip and learn a global event has changed the world. Now they must navigate interpersonal dramas as well as their own survival. Directed by Keith Josef Adkins.

[Debuts on broadcast July 30 at 10 p.m. Eastern]


From director Celia C. Peters comes the story of Roxë Jones, a high-strung prodigy who bets her future on technology. When a virus infects Roxë’s prized software and comes after her, saving her life’s work will also mean saving herself.

[Debuts on broadcast Aug. 27 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.