Ephraim Asili: Diaspora Suite
2011-17, Ephraim Asili, Various nations, ca. 92 min.
- Thu, Feb 22nd 6:00pm
In 2011, New York-based filmmaker, DJ, and traveler Ephraim Asili began an extraordinary suite of films on the African diaspora. These films — FORGED WAYS (2011), AMERICAN HUNGER (2013), MANY THOUSANDS GONE (2015), KINDAH (2016), and FLUID FRONTIERS (2017) — bring together archival research and Asili’s travels through Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, and the United States to chart cultural connections across time and space. FLUID FRONTIERS, for example, explores ideas of resistance and liberation through Detroit’s Broadside Press, one of the most important imprints for Black poetry. Asili asks residents of Detroit and nearby Windsor to read these poems without rehearsal, potently collapsing history, contemporary politics, and art through their magnetic performances. In earlier works like AMERICAN HUNGER, Asili knits together images from Ghana’s Cape Coast slave fort and the New Jersey shore in an effort to understand his own relationship with Western colonialism and U.S. imperialism. Digital file. Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Video Data Bank. (George William Price and Amy Beste)
February 22: Ephraim Asili is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.