Where does the present moment end and our future begin?
In this programme short filmmakers explore the possibilities of reality. We start in a familiar setting, a high street hair salon and then we twist and turn, through virtual lives, dystopian visions that could be the here and now. We watch the power of resistance through the eyes of a science fiction author, then imagine a world without the scars of a colonial past and finally we land somewhere completely strange and yet familiar.
Precious Hair & Beauty / John Ogunmuyiwa / UK / 2021 / 11 min / English, Yoruba
An ode to the mundanity of and the community found on the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon.
my favorite software is being here / Alison Nguyen / USA / 2021 / 19 min / English
A brief visit with Andra8, a virtual avatar created through algorithms, raised on the internet, scripted through AI. Andra8 spends her days serving the internet and feeding from data.
The Last Days / Dipo Baruwa-Etti / UK / 2021 / 13 min | English
The discovery of the day she will die leads Yimika and her daughter on a journey of questioning priorities and anger at the systems that led them to this moment.
Only Yesterday / Sione Monū / New Zealand / 2020 / 8 min / English
An imagined alternate world where the island and community of Tonga was unaffected by colonialism, shown through the eyes of two leiti’s living in Aotearoa.
OCTAVIA’S VISIONS / Zara Zandieh / Germany / 2021 / 18 min / English, German with subtitles
Inspired by Octavia E Butler’s writings, this film utilises a queer utopian imagination to engage with the contemporary moment of environmental degradation, far-right extremism, and social liberation.
Tang Jër / Selly Raby Kane / Senegal / 2020 / 14 min / Wolof with subtitles
This fantastical short is set in a mysterious restaurant in the city of Dakar, where owner and chef Onfaaya oversees the comings and goings while serving his customers.