To paraphrase the novelist William Gibson, ‘The future is already here – it’s just not very well distributed’. This program explores the very real proof of this statement – that these days, the future is more accessible from outside the West than within it. Tracing the groundbreaking legacy of Afrofuturism through to contemporary Global South Sci-fi and revived local mythologies, the program will feature film trailers, vintage pseudo-docs and more.
This screening program is combined with the talk Futures Dreaming, see below
‘2016’ -Nyankonton productions (Ghana 2011, trailer)
Man Kumfo – Rockson Emmanuel (Ghana, 2011, trailer)
The iconic sci-fi flicks “The Predator” and “The Terminator”, reenvisioned in the heart of Ghallywood.
Endhiran – S.Shankar (India 2010, excerpt)
Athisayan – Vinayan (India 2007, excerpt)
The Bollywood versions of “The Ma- trix” and “The Hulk” combine even more wildly ambitious visuals with a thoroughly local context.
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) – Cetin Inanc (Turkey 1982, excerpt)
This 1982 cult classic is often re- ferred to as “the Turkish Star Wars” for its nonchalant use of unauthor- ised clips from the American film “Star Wars,” but is an utterly original masterpiece of sci-fi pop pastiche.
Space is the Place – Sun Ra (USA 1974, excerpt)
The introduction to the one, the only, Space is the Place, by musical visionary Sun Ra.
The Pakistani Starfleet: dOvestar Chronicles – Kenny Irwin (USA 2009, 09:04 min)
Another take on the Star Wars saga, now transplanted to a future world where the heroic Pakistani Starfleet must preserve peace throughout the galaxy.
Piercing Brightness – Shezad Dawood (UK 2011, excerpt)
A young Chinese boy and girl land via spacecraft in East Lancashire, England, and go in search of the “Glorious 100” who were sent to this planet millennia ago.
LIVE STREAMED ENCOUNTERS: FUTURES DREAMING: SPECULATIONS FROM THE MARGINS OF THE WESTERN WORLD
(Live streaming from Australia)
A talk by Sohail Inayatullah (founder of metafutures.org) in which he tracks “The Future” as it is under- stood through indigenous science fiction. He raises some mind-bending questions about the way the time works outside of the West. Does time always move from the past into the future? (Answer: not necessarily). Through this and other science ficti- onal devices, Inayatullah offers a way of imagining a Post-Western world.