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Radical Futurisms Film Series: Part II

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020,
7pm - 9pm

Teatro Del Mar

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Watch short films at the Del Mar Theater in Downtown Santa Cruz to dive deeper into our upcoming exhibition Beyond the World’s End.

Catch this three-part film series to dive deeper into a year-long research, exhibition, and public lecture series co-created with UC Santa Cruz. Directed by T. J. Demos of the Center for Creative Ecologies, this series brings leading international thinkers and cultural practitioners to UCSC to discuss what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, and how we can cultivate radical futures of social justice and ecological flourishing. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. For more information visit BEYOND.UCSC.EDU

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The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland, 2018

Karrabing Film Collective (Aboriginal/Australia)

In the not so distant future, Europeans will no longer be able to survive for long periods outdoors in a land and seascape poisoned by capitalism, but Indigenous people seem able to. A young Indigenous man, Aiden, taken away when he was just a baby to be a part of a medical experiment to “save the white ‘race’”, is released into the world of his family. As he travels with his father and brother across the landscape he confronts two possible futures and pasts. The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland is a powerful intervention in contemporary debates about the future present of climate change, extractive capitalism, and industrial toxicity from the point of view of Indigenous worlds.

Dislocation Blues, 2017

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga/Luiseño)

An incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections from Standing Rock’s struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences entering, being at, and leaving the camp and the difficulties and the reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye. Terry Running Wild describes what his camp is like, and what he hopes it will become.

Comunicado del Comié Clandestino Revolutionario Indígena-Comandancia General del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, México, March of Silence, San Cristóbal de las Casas, 2012


On the day that the Mayans predicted the end of one calendar cycle and the beginning of another, at least 50,000 Mayan Zapatistas came out of their autonomous zones to march in silence in five Chiapas cities: Ocosingo, Palenque, Altamirano, Las Margaritas and San Cristóbal de las Casas. In a collective act of remarkable discipline and choreography, not a word was spoken, only a written communiqué issued by Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos at the end of the demonstration, which read: “Did you hear it? It is the sound of your world crumbling. It is the sound of our world resurging. The day that was day, was night. And night shall be the day that will be day. Democracy! Liberty! Justice! From the Mountains of Southeastern Mexico. For the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee — General Command of the EZLN. Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Mexico, December 2012.”

Guardian of Corn, 2013

Antonio Paucar (Peru)

Guardian of Corn offers a magical-realist imaging of revolutionary multispecies solidarity, resonating with Zapatista/Indigenous alliances with traditional maize, posed against NAFTA’s chemical-intensive and US-subsidized agro-economy.

The 6th World, 2013

Nanobah Becker (Navajo)

In the near future, a spaceship is headed to Mars crewed by Navajo astronaut Commander Tazbah Redhouse (Jeneda Benally), and scientist Dr. Smith (Luis Lopez Aldana). The night before her mission launches, Commander Redhouse has a disturbing premonition that proves fateful when the mission suffers a critical systems failure en route to the red planet. Ultimately, Redhouse must rely on her training as well as the traditional ecological knowledge of her people to ensure the survival of the mission.

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