"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures."
- Rahindraneth Tagore
This strand presents an inquiry into the embodied experience of Blackness and being in the environment, the changing climate and the need for communion with nature as a means of healing and resistance. What does it mean to traverse the world in a body that's considered a threat and a target?
These films serve as a 'dream tank' to further consider political borders as spatial phenomena that insidiously interfere with our perceptions of the environment. They have real implications on how we move (or do not move) through space, place, and time. This is especially urgent within a framework of colonialist history, the Windrush scandal, and empire. As part of our response to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, we are delighted to have partnered with the Scottish Poetry Library and The Obsidian Foundation to commission three Black female poets to write and film new poetry which will world premiere at the festival. The poets are Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, Tjawangwa Dema, and Zakia Carpenter-Hall. We are also delighted to have commissioned Adam Murray to edit a video essay on the subject of environmental racism through the lens of horror.