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"Africa is the Future" by Nicolas Premier

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After the exhibition BLUES by Franco-Congolese visual artist and musician Nicolas Premier, music producer Lamin Fofana, and Italian storyteller Jim C. Nedd at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery, you can now discover online Africa is the Future, a film by Nicolas Premier on africaisthefuture.com

Africa is the Future is a film in four parts and countless years in the making. While nonlinear, and appropriating the cycle of the Kongo Cosmogram, the film begins with the story of the Portuguese Misericordia, a ship that in 1532 experienced a Kongolese slave rebellion and then mysteriously disappeared at sea. Tracing first the slave routes throughout the Atlantic, mapped over by the first telegraphs and to today’s undersea fiber optic cables, a network between three continents and their dependency on racial capitalism, on slavery, imperialism and dispossession begins to appear. Each movement is framed by a piecing blue, the color of the ocean and early computer monitoring software, which is enmeshed in a graded portal, a sort of technocratic black hole to the unknown. Premier uses his own footage and those appropriated from African and American popular culture, as well as his native France – clips of sports, films, news, documentaries and interviews – spliced together in what Premier calls four “movements”. 

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