There will also be online discussions with the participating artists.
The Africa Institute, in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Royal College of Art, London, is offering a range of films, which can be streamed free-of-charge on the Africa Institute website. There will also be online discussions with the participating artists.
These programmes were inspired by recent anti-racism protests in America, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition, they “explore African and black intellectual traditions through contributions of specific personalities to critical theory and the humanities”.
From July 18 to 21, viewers can watch John Akomfrah’s three films, Handsworth Songs (1986), Martin Luther King and the March on Washington (2013) and The Stuart Hall Project (2013). The programme ends with a webinar with Akomfrah himself and others, moderated by Hoor Al Qasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Africa Institute; It will take place on July 21 at 7 pm.
From July 28 to 30, viewers will be able to see three films by Manthia Diawara: An Opera of the World (2017), Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2009) and Negritude: A conversation between Senghor and Wole Soyinka (2015).
On July 30 at 8 pm, there will be another webinar moderated by Al Qasimi, this time with Diawara, Adrian Lahoud and Salah M. Hassan, Director of the Africa Institute. Another programme, from August 11 to 13, is also in the works.