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Unbound: Visions of the black feminine

June 2017

With the freedom to reflect their own lives, black women filmmakers pioneered their way to an extraordinary cinematic legacy.

Introduction by season curator Tega Okiti



“Some films are made because they need to be made. They’re works of passion”
Julie Dash

An unbroken line of influence can be traced back from Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade to the imprint left on cinema by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust: a connection highlighting the profound cultural legacy of images created by and about black women. With roots in theatre and activism – and springing from film movements such as the LA Rebellion and the Sankofa Film Collective in the UK – the works in this season are imbued with mesmerising poetic qualities, experimental techniques and a dedication to reflecting the black feminine in all its multitudes. As conversations about black womanhood dominate culture today, from #BlackGirlMagic to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche declaring ‘we should all be feminists’, Unbound revisits works that have historically been obscured from view, and introduces a new band of pioneers, with stories that are ripe for rediscovery.


See all screenings of Daughters of the Dust.

Visit The Serpentine Galleries for the first solo exhibition of Arthur Jafa, cinematographer of Daughters in the Dust, from 8 June - 10 September.

Pick up the June issue of Sight & Sound for a feature on this season.

See our Future Film recommends events and our African Odysseys strand.

Supported by

Sight & Sound, gal-dem, MSFF

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