Cinematic Afterlives: Film and Memory in the Black Atlantic

Cinematic Afterlives: Film and Memory in the Black Atlantic

Cinematic Afterlives: Film and Memory in the Black Atlantic

“The demands of the slave on the present have everything to do with making good the promise of abolition, and this entails much more than the end of property in slaves. It requires the reconstruction of society, which is the only way to honor our debt to the dead. This is the intimacy of our age with theirs–an unfinished struggle. To what end does one conjure the ghost of slavery, if not to incite the hopes of transforming the present?” – Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother (Macmillan Publishers, 2008).

Background and Scope

Cinematic Afterlives is a new research project and part of the Race and Society research cluster at the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar. Organized by Professor Trish Kahle, this initiative is more than a film series and aims to create a space for social engagement with cinema and the history of slavery in the Black Atlantic, using a variety of lectures and panels, film screenings, and audience discussions. The project will also encourage greater public attention to the connections between histories and afterlives of slavery in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds. 

One of the key aims of this project is to facilitate sustained public dialogue on how history and memory in the Black Atlantic, as depicted through cinema, has shaped and been shaped by ongoing struggles for justice around the world, from the Black Lives Matter movement to demands for expanded rights and protections for migrants.  

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Commentary: “God Don’t Mean People to Own People”

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Panel Discussion

Global Perspectives on Slavery and Freedom on Film April 13 7 PM Qatar time

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Community Discussions


Faculty Lead

Trish Kahle
Assistant Professor at Georgetown University- Qatar

Cinema

Cinema

In Spring 2022, we will be screening six films at our Education City campus. Local and international scholars and practitioners will guide community engagement with and discussion of these films. …
Commentary

Commentary

This page features commentary on the films and series themes written by a variety of contributors. “God Don’t Mean People to Own People” Commentary 5, April 12, 2022By Brittany Bounds…
Community

Community

Here you can find resources and discussion guides to extend your engagement with the films and bring them into your classroom or community. This film series is the product of…