The Flaherty Presents: Opacity
Each year the legendary Flaherty Film Seminar invites participants to reconsider their understanding of cinema through a rigorous program of thought-provoking, boundary-breaking works organized around a salient theme. Taking the notion of “Opacity”—defined as that which cannot be reduced by the dominant, supposedly “universal” Western gaze that shapes the film canon—as its starting point, this diverse and iridescent program curated by Janaína Oliveira brings together a chorus of voices from Brazil, Sudan, South Africa, and beyond in order to challenge viewers to look anew at the “opaque” singular experiences within moving-image art.
Africa, the Jungle, Drums and Revolution
Directed by Suliman Mohamed Ibrahim Elnour • 1979 • Soviet Union
Sudanese director Suliman Mohamed Ibrahim Elnour’s diploma film from the VGIK film school in Moscow explores representations of Africa in Soviet society.
. . . After He Left
Directed by Athi-Patra Ruga • 2008 • South Africa
Clad in pink stilettos, fishnet stockings, and outré headgear, a mute figure wanders, alien-like, through the city.
Public Service Announcement
Directed by Athi-Patra Ruga • 2014 • South Africa
A stunning cosmic kaleidoscope of fluorescent, pixelated nature imagery is set to a dryly satirical lesson on the totalitarian, matriarchal political structure of the fictional republic of Azania.
Directed by Morgan Quaintance • 2018 • United Kingdom
ANOTHER DECADE begins with testimonies and statements made by artists and art historians during the 1994 Institute of International Visual Arts conference “Towards a New Internationalism” to reveal the lack of sociocultural or institutional c...
Directed by Garrett Bradley • 2019 • United States
Taking as its starting point the recently rediscovered Bert Williams feature LIME KILN CLUB FIELD DAY (1913)—the first known film to feature an all-Black cast—Garrett Bradley’s extraordinary new short imagines an entire lost lineage of African A...
Directed by Morgan Quaintance • 2019 • United Kingdom
Through a focus on alien abduction, Cold War history, and Britain’s colonial legacy, MISSING TIME considers the relationship between amnesia, concealed histories, state secrecy, and the constitution of the self.
Directed by Grace Passô and Ricardo Alves Jr. • 2019 • Brazil
Starring Grace Passô, Zora Santos, Dona Jandira
A wandering voice is able to invade any matter—solid, liquid, or gas—and it decides for the first time to invade a woman’s body. From this experience it narrates what it feels and what i...
Directed by Grace Passô • 2020 • Brazil
Starring Grace Passô
Made at home at the beginning of the 2020 quarantine in downtown São Paulo, Brazil, REPUBLIC reveals the necropolitics at play in a country in the midst of both a public health and political crisis.