Advisory 18
1hr 22mins

This kaleidoscopic hybrid of concept album and film, science fiction and mysticism, centres on avant-garde, Afro-futurist legend of cosmic jazz and poetry, Sun Ra, as he plans to change the intergalactic fate of the Black race.

This film screens as a part of our season Set it Off: A Tribute to Black Genre Cinema, click here to learn more.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Black Genre Cinema
John Coney
Advisory 18

Having encountered a new planet, Sun Ra imagines a future in space for the Black community using the transportive powers of music and time-travelling – but faces the villainous opposition of the ‘Overseer’ (Raymond Johnson) who, representing oppressive White power, confronts Ra with a game of cards…

Sun Ra and John Coney utilised genre stylings of blaxploitation, alongside concert footage and social critique, to energise this inspired science-fiction musical.

Dressed like a pharaoh and fighting for the future, Sun Ra and his musical crew (‘the Arkestra’) are not only the visionary prophets of a musical utopia but also, like the film itself, a bravely imaginative and experimental articulation of Black identity.

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Tue 23 Aug

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