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Is It Me or Is It the World?

Stories of creative resistance to dominant personal, cultural or political forces that seek to control the self; these films treasure artistic beauty, philosophical discourse, diverse sexuality and personal integrity.

Programmed by Helen de Witt | Total running time 69min

Films in this programme
  • Image from Mahogany Too, Dir Akosua Adoma Owusu

    Mahogany Too

  • Image from Eat the Dust Trilogy: Footnote; Crime Scene; Eat the Dust, Dir Ruth Novaczek

    Eat the Dust Trilogy: Footnote; Crime Scene; Eat the Dust

  • Image from A is for Artist, Dir Ayo Akingbade

    A is for Artist

  • Image from Between my Flesh and the World’s Fingers, Dir Talena Sanders

    Between my Flesh and the World’s Fingers

Film 1

Mahogany Too

Nigerian actress Esosa E beautifully re-enacts Diana Ross’s role in Mahogany as nostalgic Afro-Futurism.

Dir Akosua Adoma Owusu. USA-Ghana 2018. 3min

Film 2

Eat the Dust Trilogy: Footnote; Crime Scene; Eat the Dust

Three films made from found footage, video diaries, performance and to-camera discourse. Music and narrative voiceover connect the chapters searching for subjectivity through various existential backdrops; from responses to love with addiction, pain and release, to a detective story set in Jaffa and Tel Aviv, and finally a dance across Europe in search of a happy ending.

Dir Ruth Novaczek. UK 2017-18. 31min

Film 3

A is for Artist

A young woman discovers her future by looking into her family’s past.

Dir Ayo Akingbade. UK 2018. 4min

Film 4

Between my Flesh and the World’s Fingers

Reconstructed through Super8 as if it was actual found footage, documents, newspapers and readings, this is the fascinating story of lesbian poet, film pioneer and provocateur Mary MacLane, who in the early 1900s was dubbed the Wild Woman of Butte, Montana. She resisted the categorisation and prejudice of the day through the creation of multiple versions of herself.

Dir Talena Sanders. USA 2018. 31min

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