Chill #1 -
20th June, 2020
Still from Sorry To Bother You (2018)
Building on Project Corona’s ‘Quarantine and Chill’ comes ‘Inform and Chill’, a weekly list of important moving image works in honour of the Black Lives Matter movement. Continue to quarantine and chill with these compelling films by Boots Riley, Spike Lee and Raoul Peck.
Here are the first three:
1. Sorry To Bother You (2018), dir. Boots Riley
A telemarketer named Cassius Green climbs up the corporate ladder until success lands him in corporate and moral chaos.
“As I took the journey with Cassius I realized that some of the things I wanted to talk about, the bigger ideas, could start feeling heavy-handed or the dialogue could feel corny. In trying to avoid cliché, I realized that if I bent the reality of the world that was there, it actually drew attention to that parallel point in our actual reality. I think that what I tried to convey in this is that through all the craziness, there’s an optimism that comes when you realize there’s a way to fight back” (Boots Riley, director)
2. Do The Right Thing (1989), dir. Spike Lee
Set on a single day in the lives of a group of racially diverse people who live and work in a lower class neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, on one of the hottest days of the year.
“You had white film critics fear mongering about the violence it might incite. They weren’t taking into account that art imitates life, that the film was representational of the sociopolitical and racial climate of the U.S. and, in particular NYC, which was the hotbed of racially motivated hate crimes” (Joie Lee, “Jade”)
3. I Am Not Your Negro (2016), dir. Raoul Peck
Raoul Peck’s documentary uses James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, featuring accounts of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr, reanimated to discuss the history of black experience in America.
“That’s the purpose of the film: to show the proper way to deconstruct this reality. That was the crazy thing about it….Structurally, nothing has changed. In the way people are experiencing each other, nothing has changed. Jim Crow is still here; it just takes different forms” (Raoul Peck, director)