Friday, September 22, 7pm
55 Walker Street, New York
The first in a series of film screenings, dinners and discussions happening every Friday evening through December 17th at Decolonize This Place, Colloquium for Popular Culture and MTL+ present Space Is the Place (1974), which stars legendary musician Sun Ra in the movie version of his concept album Space Is the Place (Blue Thumb Records, 1973).
Directed by John Coney, this nonlinear, experimental classic offers a “bizarre combination of social commentary, blaxploitation, science fiction, and concert performance." Outspoken on issues of race, community and worker organizing, the film presents a complex reading of separatism and colonialism as Sun Ra destroys planet Earth and attempts to settle African Americans on a new planet.
Space Is the Place kicks off a weekly series at Decolonize This Place led by writer and film critic Sukhdev Sandhu from Colloquium for Popular Culture with MTL+ every Friday evening. This will focus on the collective viewing of popular and experimental films that have direct impact on movement-building in the present. Accompanied a potluck dinner and discussion, the screening program will be responsive to the conversation that develops through the three-month series, and will in turn feed back into the actions and organizing of Decolonize This Place. Bring food and bring friends!