“afronaut(a): a collage of time, travel. the space from the rites to the popular. travels through culture and the moving image. it’s how I navigate through inspiration, identity and creation…”
一 Alisha B. Wormsley
Afronaut(a) is a collection of 9 films, divided into three themed programs from director and artist Alisha B. Wormsley. These three programs 一 Earth / Ancestors, Space, and Sound / Spirit 一 use the surrealist nature of film to ground us to the realities of our lives. Screening as part of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, this cinematic journey transverses the spirit realms of West African fables, galaxies within the cosmos, generations of families, and the borders of man and machine.
SPACE is the second themed program of the Afronaut(a) series, featuring the films Afronauts, Hello Rain, and Departure (Possible).
Afronauts: It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon in this fictionalized film inspired by real events.
In Hello Rain, Nigerian director C.J. “Fiery” Obasi brings to life Hugo award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s story “Hello, Moto”, which explores what happens when three scientist witches use juju and technology to create wigs that grant supernatural powers.
Departure (Possible) follows an alien couple, Addem and Efa, who live on Earth as human beings in order to determine if it has proper living conditions for their race. They are suddenly called back to their mothership where they must face a disgruntled special agent and their growing uncontrollable human urges to stay on Earth before it's too late to return.