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Black Spatial Imaginaries

20 August


GSFF 2020 Online

Black Spatial Imaginaries streams live at 21.30 on Thursday 20 August, then is available to view on demand for 48 hours.

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How are Black people excluded/included within spaces and how does this relate to the wider context of their identities? Black Spatial Imaginaries explores the fluidity (often not by choice) of Black communities through the concept of Black Geographies. The films deal with a spectrum of topics such as environmental racism, gentrification and the importance of community.

Curator Natasha Ruwona originally intended to delay the planned Black Spatial Imaginaries strand until March 2021, as she felt that the films deserved to be shown in person. However, after the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, it felt important to include a revised version of the programme, including two new films by Glasgow-based artist Alberta Whittle, directly responding to COVID-19 and BLM.

Preceding this screening, Natasha Ruwona will be live in conversation with cultural producer Tanatsei Gambia.

Following the screening there will be a live performance by Nova Scotia The Truth.


Untitled, A Meditation

A glimpse into the divinity of African-descended women. Featuring visuals of African and African diasporic spiritual traditions, dances and art practices.

Welcome to Africville

We catch a glimpse into the hearts and minds of four Africville residents on the eve of destruction of their community.

Towards a Black Testimony: Prayer/Protest/Peace

Drawing on archival imagery and the dying declarations of Black Martyrs, this film examines Black Testimony as obscured, ignored and undermined.

business as usual: hostile environment

With the horrors of Covid-19 still overshadowing the everyday, this film is an offering and a gesture towards remaining soft.


Is the ability to live free a dream? What WILL freedom feel like?

  • Duration 1h30m
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