Afrofuturist Shorts Program + Q&A

Afrofuturist Shorts Program  + Q&A

On March 16 and 26, there will be an Afrofuturism shorts program. Alongside six feature films, we will also screen four shorts as part of our special programming ‘Afrofuturism: Black to the Future.’ On March 16 and 26, four Afrofuturism shorts will be shown consecutively: the neon-colored Hello Rain (2018), the first Kenyan science fiction film ever Pumzi (2009), the American dance film A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago (2017), and finally, the Filmacademie graduation film Zwart Geluk (Blaka Koloku) (2023). After the shorts on March 26, there will be a talk with Vamba Sherif: novelist, film reviewer, and editor of De Komeet: a collection of Afropean Science Fiction stories.


Bio speaker Q&A Vamba Sherif (March 26)

Vamba Sherif is a novelist, essayist, film critic and speaker. He has written many novels. His debut novel, Land of My  Fathers, is about the founding of Liberia as the first African republic in 1822. Vamba Sherif’s work has appeared in many languages, including Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, and the Indian Malayalam. He has also published essays, stories, film reviews, columns and opinion pieces in The New York Times, the German Kulturaustausch, African Writing, Trouw, Volkskrant, NRC and ZAM-Magazine, among others. With Ebissé Rouw, he compiled Black: Afro-European literature in the Netherlands and Belgium, a unique anthology of Afro-European experience in the Low Countries. 


In April 2021, his memoir Unprecedented Love was published, in which he tells his life story in a letter form to his ten-year-old daughter Bendu, the namesake of his mother. 

About his work the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung wrote: ‘Vamba Sherif creates whirlpools of Shakespearean intensity.’

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