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Sarah Nicole Francois’ Soft (2019)
A still from Sarah Nicole Francois’ Soft (2019)

Alima Lee has curated an online film festival featuring queer Black artists

The month-long programme will stream films from Rhea Dillon, Sarah Nicole François, summer fucking mason, and Jerome AB each week

Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist and Dazed 100’er Alima Lee has curated a series of films under the theme of “Films for Escapism”. Launched earlier this month, and presented by The Women’s Center for Creative Work, “Films for Escapism” features four queer Black filmmakers, including Sarah Nicole François, summer fucking mason, Rhea Dillon, and Jerome AB, whose films collectively “take a closer look into themes of digital intimacy, hyper surveillance, dismantling the gaze, and healing of the community.”

Currently streaming is Sarah Nicole François’ Soft (2019) – an animated “tale of cyborg love”.

From Friday 19 June – 25 June, Rhea Dillon’s The Name I Call Myself, which debuted last year as a two-screen, multi-sensory installation in east London, and mediates on the queer Black experience and its acceptance from the Black British community, will stream.

The following week, 16 June – 2 July, summer fucking mason’s Velvet Rain (2019), a “conceptual zombie collage” which centres the violence enacted by white surveillance on the Black experience, will be available.

Lastly, from 3 July – 9 July, Jerome AB’s short film Masculine Ken on the Secret We Share (2018), which explores protagonist Ken’s journey for healing through “the misinformation of overstimulation, toxic masculinity, prayer, and balance”, will close the programme.

To screen the available films, or for more information on the filmmakers and films, click here