Earth Mother, Sky Father
Kordae Jatafa Henry
Jamaica/United Kingdom/United States – 2019
Video – duration 17 min
Earth Mother, Sky Father shows an alternative African future. The live action music film takes place in the year 2030 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country no longer ships unrefined rare minerals, but keeps its wealth onshore and in the ground. The processes and infrastructure of mining have been revalued and ritualised as an important aspect of local culture. This is Africa’s future through dance – a ceremony for the God of Rare Earth.
Kordae Jatafa Henry― Artist
Kordae Jatafa Henry is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and visual artist working between the real and the virtual to explore new worlds through music films, dance performance, and realtime media. His release of his 2019 film Earth Mother, Sky Father short music film has led him to take the stage at the 2019 Design Indaba Conference, being a recent nominee for the shots 2020 ‘New Director of the Year’, and exhibiting art in museums and festivals all over the world. Currently, Kordae is working with Sundance New Frontier Lab to reconstruct a real time performance exploring the past, present and future of the black body through ceremony.