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Strategies of Refusal

This programme brings together works that represent the breadth and complexity of resistance across the African Diaspora, considering spirituality, music and arts alongside protest as key interventions for freedom.

Rabz Lansiquot

This programme contains flashing images.

Total running time 94 min.

Films in this programme
  • Image from Sojourner, Dir Cauleen Smith


  • Image from Fi Dem II, Dir Zinzi Minott

    Fi Dem II

  • Image from Primeiro Ato, Dir Matheus Parizi

    Primeiro Ato

  • Image from Pattaki, Dir Everlane Moraes


  • Image from Oh My Homeland, Dir Stephanie Barber

    Oh My Homeland

  • Image from Pelourinho, They Don’t Really Care About Us, Dir Akosua Adoma Owusu

    Pelourinho, They Don’t Really Care About Us

  • Image from Black Bus Stop, Dir Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold

    Black Bus Stop

Film 1


Honouring the Black feminist activists of the past and present, Cauleen Smith re-imagines Noah Purifoy’s Desert Museum in California as a utopian community.

Dir Cauleen Smith. USA 2018. 23min

Film 2

Fi Dem II

An investigation of Blackness, labour, diaspora and family heritage through archive, glitch, strobe and sound. A commitment to the Windrush generation.

Dir Zinzi Minott. UK 2019. 9min

Film 3

Primeiro Ato

Theatre students André and Gabriel drum up support for resistance against the dismantling of culture policies in Brazil.

Dir Matheus Parizi. Brazil 2019. 19min

Film 4


Under the light of the moon, a community affected by water scarcity marvel at the power of the Orichȧ water deity Yemayȧ.

Dir Everlane Moraes. Cuba 2018. 21min

Film 5

Oh My Homeland

Great soprano Leontyne Price attempts to maintain her composure on stage as she receives adoration from her audience at her 1985 farewell opera.

Dir Stephanie Barber. USA 2019. 4min

Film 6

Pelourinho, They Don’t Really Care About Us

Referencing a 1927 letter from WEB Du Bois to the Brazilian Embassy, colourful footage illustrates an exploration of anti-blackness in Brazil.

Dir Akosua Adoma Owusu. Ghana 2019. 9min

Film 7

Black Bus Stop

A performative reclamation of a site of resistance through dance for African American students.

Dir Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold. USA 2019. 9min

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