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GOING TO MARS:
THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT

DIRECTOR

Michèle Stephenson

Joe Brewster

SHOWTIME

October 1 @ 5:30PM

TYPE

Documentary

THEATRE

Coolidge Corner Theatre

RUNNING TIME

102 minutes

LANGUAGES

Spanish with English Subtitles

COUNTRY

USA

RELEASE DATE

2023

In Partnership with Roxbury International Film Festival

 

The trip to Mars can only be understood through Black Americans. Legendary poet Nikki Giovanni's revelation is a launching pad to an inspiring exploration of her life and legacy. Through a collision of memories, moments in American history, live readings of her poetry, and impressions of space, Giovanni urges us to imagine a future where Black women lead, and equity is a reality.

 

Directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (American Promise, The Changing Same) craft a vision fit for the radical imagination of Nikki Giovanni. Present-day Giovanni reckons with the inevitable passing of time, while an evocative melding of vérité and archival images act as openings into her mindscape, transcending time and place. Brewster and Stephenson's approach is imaginative and dreamlike, akin to the way Giovanni's words are hair-raising in their power to summon unrealized ways of seeing. The Afro-futuristic lens honors Giovanni's complexity and transports us on a journey through Black liberation from the perspective of one of America's most acclaimed and beloved writers, a profound artist and activist. Next stop, Mars.

 

Q&A with Co-Directors Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster

Festivals

  • Grand Jury Prize Winner, Sundance 2023

  • Ashland Independent Film Festival – 2023 Winner (Rogue Award)

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