Friends over at Shadow and Act announced an intriguing event is taking this week, Wednesday, July 31, at Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211. THE FUTURE WEIRD is a new monthly series screening films which are set in imagined futures, made by African & global south directors. Presented by Derica Shields and Megan Eardley, the title is inspired by The State’s ongoing documentation of non-western futurisms.
Included in the screening series is Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s satirical sci-fi vampire film Les Saignantes (The Bleeders) alongside shorts by Wangechi Mutu and Kibwe Tavares plus weird and wonderful clips from forgotten corners of the colonial archive.
‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was adapted into a screenplay by playwright Biyi Bandele. This is his feature film directorial debut, with a cast that includes Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji.
Adichie is also the author of ‘Purple Hibiscus’, ‘Americanah’ and ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’.
After fighting in a colonial war, Mutar, an old man comes back to the village. He doesn’t speak to anyone. A shot is heard and right after that the old man falls down and we believe him dead.
He doesn’t speak, so the curious daughter Fatu, wants to know what’s in his suitcase and opens it. Why is Mutar so terrified? What is he carrying in his suitcase? Even the wise women are unable to prevent her from opening the it. Shock turns into surprise but the drum beat goes on.
Tabatô is the name of the village in Guinea-Bissau.