As Black people we insist on our right to develop a career in the film industry. We are technicians, screenwriters, directors, producers, curators. Above all, we are workers who deserve healthy professional relations.
Our sessions, exhibitions and festivals bet on the fabulation of futures for Black audiences. We see power in the ongoing dialogue between images from the past and from the present. We embrace contradiction, complex conversations and the full humanization of the Black subject. We believe in the power of curatorial practice to nurture subjectivities.
There is no way to build bridges on a crumbling foundation. Black people who start working in the film industry are subject to labor practices that replicate the colonial legacy; disregard the invisible labor that allows creators to achieve their artistic power; omit information and manipulates it as a tool of power; and take advantage of the dreams of Black people to turn precarious the work conditions of these professionals. It is imperative to put a stop to this exploitative flow.
Dismantling the racist edifice in the film industry demands the coordination of multiple industry agents. Therefore our institute is based on three pillars: Training, Curatorship and Market. Our work prioritizes the continuous correlation of these spheres, which is reflected in each one of our projects.
Black lives are not a commodity. We refuse the hijacking of our lives through tokenization and we affirm the right of Black people to decide in which spaces we wish to be. We also demand diversity at the center of the film industry as an active economy.