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network 08/09/2017 - 06:00PM

Useful Resources for our Documentary Futurism Project, The Next 150

This past summer Cinema Politica announced our newest project, The Next 150, with a call for short film proposals. With The Next 150, an initiative funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’s The Next Chapter program, we plan to diversify our activities by commissioning fifteen short film and video projects that together will help us launch a new cinematic genre that we are calling “documentary futurism.” We’ve had an overwhelming response to our CFP, and with the deadline looming (Sep 30) we’ve decided to provide some resources to help orient potential applicants towards the idea of documentary futurism. To read more about this project and the submission guidelines, visit

The Next 150 is inspired by two artistic movements, Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurism, as well as by writers of speculative fiction and non-fiction. Below is a list of links that will help those interested find out more about these inspiring creative forces, but this list is by no means exhaustive. As the imminent release of the Canadian feature film Brown Girl Begins (based on a novel by Nalo Hopkinson) attests, creative work grappling with the future with a concern for social justice shows no sign of slowing down, and the links below offer a jumping-off point into the dynamic, political and cutting-edge cultural spheres The Next 150 builds from. With this in mind, we welcome suggestions for any other books, films, projects, music, paintings, etc, that are missing from the lists below. Enjoy!


Top image & video above: PUMZI by Wanuri Kahiu.

Monoskop’s list of Afrofuturism resources is robust, especially the section on “Writings” -

Black to the Future by Mark Dery (a foundational text for Afrofuturism) -

Afrofuturism, Science Fiction, and the History of the Future by Lisa Yaszek -

An Afrofuturist Reading List -

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (book) by Ytasha L. Womack –

OkayAfrica’s Introduction to Afrofuturism -

Why Afrofuturism is the Art Movement We Need in 2017 -

Video of New America NYC talk, “Afrofuturism: Imagining the Future of Black Identity,” with Michael Bennett (@MGBennett), Ytasha Womack (@ytashawomack), Walé Oyédijé (@IkireJones) and Aisha Harris (@craftingmystyle) -

Video of Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre talk, “Contemporary Talks: Greg Tate,” with Greg Tate -

Futurism, Futurity, and the Importance of the Existential Imagination by Paul Kuttner –

Black Radical Imagination -

Nalo Hopkinson (writer) -

PUMZI by Wanuri Kahiu (short film) -


Indigenous Futurism

Video above: WAKENING by Danis Goulet.

The Indigenous Futurisms Mixtape -

Decolonizing Science Fiction And Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable with Rebecca Roanhorse, Elizabeth Lapensee, Johnnie Jae and Darcie Little Badger -

Visual Cultures of Indigenous Futurisms by Lindsay Nixon (@notvanishing) -

Inuit Futurism (author unknown) -

TIMETRAVELLER by Skawennati (video episodes) -

Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (book) by Candice Hopkins, Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western (curatorial collective) -

Métis in Space (podcast) -

Native American Survivance, Memory, and Futurity: The Gerald Vizenor Continuum (book) by Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Hauke (editors) -

Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (book) by Grace L. Dillon –

Decolonizing the future: How a new generation of Indigenous writers is changing science fiction by Kate Heartfield -

Treaty Shirts (book review) by Gerald Vizenor -!

WAKENING (video) by Danis Goulet -




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