Our screening on Thursday 14th December will be introduced by Black the Future (BttF) Founder Irenosen Okojie and BttF Creative Director Sara Veal with a conversation on THE VISIONARY AND TRANSGRESSIVE AESTHETICS OF JANELLE MONAE. The incredible and inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of the most ambitious operations in history - sending a man into space.
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. To introduce the screening, the co-directors of Black to the Future Irenosen Okojie and Sara Veal will be in dialogue about the visionary and transgressive aesthetics of Janelle Monae. Since bursting onto the cultural landscape with her unique, high concept extended EP Metropolis: The Chase Suite I, Monae has made a lasting impact as a queer icon who continues to push the boundaries, transcending music, cinema and literature. Incorporating themes of technology, queerness and futurism, Monae’s centring of outsiderness makes her a singular artist.
Screening as part of BLACK to the FUTURE. An Afro-Futurist celebration of outstanding Black artists, a space for visionary imaginings to thrive.