As Told to G/D Thyself
Kamasi Washington, Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas | United States, 2019 | 24 min | English
Devil's Pie: D'Angelo
Carina Bijlsma | Netherlands, 2019 | 85 min | English
28 SEPT, 15 H, Cinéma Moderne
Co-presented by Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC)
The debut film from newly-formed collective The Ummah Chroma (Kamasi Washington, Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, and Marc Thomas), As Told to G/D Thyself is an Afrofuturist visual companion to Washington’s 2018 album, Heaven and Earth. Operating along some internal logic and anchored in oneiric and evocative images, the film has been described by Washington himself as “the journey to understanding that you can shape the world into what you want it to be.”
In 2000, at the height of his success and fame, after two platinum-selling albums and a sold-out world tour, soul singer D’Angelo voluntarily vanished into obscurity. If his departure from the limelight was unexpected, more surprising still has been his triumphant return. 2014 saw the comeback of this singular artist with his record, Black Messiah. Director Carine Bijlsma, who began shooting the film immediately after the album’s acclaimed release, provides a document of equal cultural significance chronicling D’Angelo’s meteoric rise, tragic fall, and heartfelt shot at redemption.