Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized

S1 E3 | FULL EPISODE

Souls

Director Malakai brings us the story of Kai, a young girl forced to confront the realities of her grandmother’s declining health as a result of Alzheimer’s. Featuring Tabitha Brown, this film is a journey across the stars in the search of hope.

AIRED: March 26, 2021 | 0:15:56
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[ Suspenseful music plays ]

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[ Breathing heavily ]

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Woman:There is a critical system failure.

There is a critical system failure.

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There is a critical system failure.

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Systems powering down.

[ Screaming ]

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[ Heart beating ]

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[ Birds chirping ]

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Kai: I've touched a soul once.

Felt it.

There's a light there.

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Who -- Who are you?

Who are you?

Oh.

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-Grandma. -Mom.

-Grandma. Grandma, wake up. -Mom, are you okay?

-Mom. -Grandma, can you hear me?

Mom. Grandma.

Grandma, wake up.

Grandma, are you okay? Is she okay?

Let me see if she has a pulse. Grandma.

Is she listening? She can hear a message?

Yes, baby. We got to get her up. Come on, Ma.

Do you think we can do anything? Ma? Yes. Just hold on, Kai.

I got to get her on the bed. Come on.

Is she just tired? Come on, grab her feet.

Ma, can you hear me?

Grandma. Grandma, are you okay?

Can you hear me, Ma? Grandma!

Kai, stop!

No, no, no. Grandma, wake up.

Grandma, breathe. This is it, Kai.

Okay?

This is it.

Okay? This is it. Kai.

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We're on aboard theS.S. Somer today.

We had a long journey, but worth it.

[ Gasps ] Look at that.

Do you see the stars?

It's called a nebula.

Wait. Nebu-what? [ Laughs ]

A nebula. It's like...

It's like dust in the sky.

Dirt in the sky?

Yeah, something like that.

Huh. [ Chuckles ]

Really? Yes.

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Will you forget me?

Hm.

Kai, I have to tell you something.

A secret?

Yes, a secret.

Every star has a soul.

How do you know?

Because that's the way it's always been.

You have one up there.

And one here.

I've memorized all these stars,

and they're bright and shiny,

just like us.

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Could you ever forget them?

No, I could never forget them.

Just like...

I will never, ever forget you, my love.

Never.

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Narrator:Space.

The exploration of the unknown.

What do we really know?

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Luminous and held together by its own gravity,

our most infamous phenomena is the star.

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Look, girl, I don't know what it is you have with that.

Okay. What you want me to do?

We're just gonna -- It's gonna be so simple. Okay.

All right? And remember what the doctor said.

He said it's good to record your memories.

Right? I know what the doctor said.

Okay. I'm just gonna hold the camera. Okay.

Okay. No pressure.

All right. Just turn it on then. Okay.

There you go.

My name is Hattie Gray.

I'm 65 years old.

I'm a mother. A grandmother.

I'm a survivor.

I have a beautiful daughter-in-law

and granddaughter.

Well, my son and my husband,

they -- they're no longer with us.

Is that okay, hon?

You did good, Ma.

I won't let her forget who she is.

[ Crying ]

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Kai:True explorers do not fear death.

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[ Man vocalizing ]

Narrator: What happens when a star dies?

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Good morning, Hattie.

I feel good today.

I'm remembering things today.

[ Laughing ] No.

[ Both laugh ]

Yes, it is. It's tickle time.

[ Laughs ]

There's a bee in the tree.

Who am I?

You are my gravity.

Don't lose yourself in this...

this disease.

You are Hattie Gray, and you know that.

You know what you've accomplished.

Mom.

Who are you?

-How are you feeling? -Who are you?

Who are you in my house? Don't, Ma.

Get out of my house.

Look at me. It's Sinea. You know who I am.

No, I don't know you. Get out of my house. I'm Sinea. Yes, you do.

When a star begins to die, it implodes upon itself.

It consumes itself.

The star's gravity causes it to collapse.

It changes...

no longer able to burn iron.

Look at me. Look at me. Don't touch me!

Look at me. It's Sinea. You know who I am.

-I don't know who are you! -Yes, you do. Look, look, look.

I don't know. I'm your daughter-in-law.

Remember, Ma? No! Stop it!

Yes, Ma. Look, look. No. Get that out of my face.

I don't know these people. This is your husband.

Don't touch me! Okay. Okay.

Just don't touch me. Look. Look.

I don't know these people. I don't know.

Don't put that in my face. I don't know them.

I don't know you. You know who I am.

I'm Sinea. I'm your daughter-in-law. Nobody.

I don't know anybody. Okay, okay.

Nobody. Nobody. All right. Okay.

It's okay. [ Crying ] I don't know anybody.

All right. Yes, you do.

I don't...I don't... It's okay.

It's okay. It's okay.

It's okay.

Hattie: I don't want you to be afraid, Kai.

Grandma loves you.

Grandma is always with you.

I'm here right now.

Look. I'm not slipping away,

I'm not losing my mind.

I'm...

I'm still your grandma.

[ Screams ]

...ma.

I'm your grandma, Hattie.

[ Screaming ]

[ Systems powering down ]

Woman:There is a critical system failure.

[ Breathing heavily ]

There is a critical system failure.

[ System powering down ]

There is a critical system failure.

There is a critical system failure.

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[ Breathing heavily ]

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[ Man vocalizing ]

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[ Panting ]

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Narrator:When a star fades, it breathes its last breath

as it expels the outer layers of itself,

leaving behind something else.

A different kind of star.

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The nova.

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Kai: I've touched a soul once.

Felt it.

There's a light there.

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[ Man vocalizing ]

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