Dreams Are Colder Than Death
Leigh Raiford is associate professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, where she also serves as affiliate faculty in the Program in American Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, a collective of African American filmmakers, artists, and intellectuals reflect on the goals and ambitions of the civil rights movement and where things stand today. Jafa arranges the thoughts of this eloquent chorus into a profoundly moving score that also elucidates the origin of the concept of blackness and the experience of being black in the US in the twenty-first century. Elliptical portraits of the speakers are combined with landscapes, street scenes, and archival images in this urgent elegy. Featuring Kara Walker, Fred Moten, Kathleen Cleaver, and Charles Burnett, among others.
The Cry of Jazz
Edward O. Bland, United States, 1959