Sunday, December 9, 2007

Invisible Universe Trailer II

A new Invisible Universe trailer has been posted. This one highlights what I suppose could be called horrornoir. But, again with Octavia Butler (yes!). And again I'm ecstatic and can't wait for the director, M. Asli Dukan, to make it happen:

On the film:

This doc explores the relationship between the Black body and popular fantasy, horror and science fiction literature and film and the alternative perspectives produced by creators of color. It features interviews with major writers, scholars, artists and filmmakers and explores comics, television, film and literature by deconstructing stereotyped images of Black people in the genres. It ultimately reveals how Black creators have been consciously creating their own universe. - M. Asli Dukan
Invisible Universe

So, so true. After all, haven't black peoples across the diaspora been "consciously creating their own universe" for centuries? Isn't that what the battle over African/American/Caribbean/Diaspora history is all about (who writes it, who researches it, who teaches it, who funds it)? Isn't that what Michael Hanchard calls Afro-Modernity--which I tend to interpret as what we create after discovering our "two-ness" but knowing that we must still live, work, play and dream in our respective societies?

Exploring these ideas and issues is why I love scififantasynoir.

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