The global Pan-Africanism movement was nearly a century old by the time the internet arrived. No surprise then that diasporic African filmmakers, visual artists and music-video directors annexed the virtual space early on. This season explores the themes and visual motifs virally traded between Africa, the US and Europe that gave rise to a bold, black, globally influential aesthetic. We might be seduced by the style but do we know the influencers? Touching down in the UK, then Kenya and the US, BFI will reveal who’s trending. Classic pan-African features paired with their daring short-form offspring, new commissions, virtual discussions and a get-down party IRL will connect artists and audiences around the world in a way that transport links cannot. (Image credit: John Akomfrah’s afro-fiction doc The Last Angel of History (1996, 45min)
Through film, art, VR and music, we explore how the digital world is helping to create a new generation of African global influencers.
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