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Welcome to the Afrofuture

Welcome to the Afrofuture

This programme of films and events explores alternative worlds that centre the many forms of Blackness.

What and where is the Afrofuture? Through our imagination, we can form and find new possibilities of being and, through this, critique our current systems and structures. Welcome to the Afrofuture is an offering to think beyond what is and what can be.

Find out more about the programme below and read more about Afrofuturism in this great article by Eilidh Akilade.


Welcome to the Afrofuture is programmed by Natasha Ruwona and Tomiwa Folorunso.

This season is part of Film Feels Hopeful, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.


The programme:


Black Panther + Introduction

Saturday 21 August, 17.00

All tickets £6.50

Black Panther comes to GFT for a one-off screening as part of the Welcome to the Afrofuture programme. Accompanied by an introduction by one of the season’s two programmers, Natasha Ruwona, this is an opportunity to revisit Black Panther in a new context and time.

The vision for this 2018 Marvel movie was inspired by Afrofuturist reimaginings of Africa as a technologically resourced landscape, inspired by traditions of the South African country of Lesotho and the Congo. Black Panther and the world of Wakanda is a celebration of some of the many African countries and cultures that have existed long before us, and an opportunity to find joy, hope, and humour in an imagined/other present and future.


What is Afrofuturism? Panel discussion

Tuesday 24 August, 18.30 | Online event

Free event

Since it was first coined in the 1990s, Afrofuturism continues to be explored and invoked across many forms. It is a genre/term that gives space for the Black Diaspora and Black Africans on the continent to reimagine and reclaim their identities through art, media, society and culture.

This online conversation will discuss Afrofuturism in the context of the programmed films, while inviting contributions from practitioners of its work. Information on the panelists taking part in this event will be announced soon.

A recording of this online event is available to watch in the video below.


Supa Modo + panel discussion

Thursday 26 August, time TBC

All tickets £6.50

Jo is a terminally ill nine-year-old child. Instead of spending the last moments of her life in a hospital bed watching her friends die, her mother takes her home to their Kenyan village. Here, her bedroom walls are covered with the faces of the superheroes Jo wishes she could be. Her older sister Mwix is determined to give her the adventures she deserves, whilst her mother, Katheryn, wants to protect her dying child. Supa Modo reminds us that it really does take a village, not just to raise us but to nurture, love and care for us. And that we are never too old to find joy, and life, in escaping our realities.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with guests TBC. Reflecting on both Supa Modo and Black Panther, Tomiwa and the panel will discuss imagination, escapism and dreaming in Black communities and the Black Diaspora.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outwith our control, this film will not now have captions, and we will not have live captions for the introduction and post-film discussion. We're sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.


The Last Angel of History + Fringe of Colour Shorts

Monday 20 September, 7pm All Tickets £6.50

We trace Afrofuturism’s origins and influence in this speculative fiction documentary as told through the voices of notable musicians, writers and critics. The character of the Data Thief is the film’s protagonist, and he travels across time and space uncovering pieces of history which are important for his journey to the future.

The Last Angel of History was one of the most influential video-essays of the 1990s, influencing filmmakers and inspiring conferences, novels and exhibitions. Directed by John Akomfrah, the film is an exploration of the cultural works of Pan-African artists, such as funkmaster George Clinton and his Mothership Connection, Sun Ra’s use of extra-terrestrial iconography, and the very explicit connection drawn between these issues in the writings of black science fiction authors Samuel R Delaney and Octavia Butler.

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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