Dreams Are Colder Than Death
with Arthur Jafa
Dreams Are Colder than Death is a profound rumination on a single question: “What does it mean to be black in America today?” Director and acclaimed cinematographer (Daughters of the Dust, Crooklyn) Arthur Jafa tears at the epistemological roots of this question with hypnotic imagery, lyrical grace, and an epic narration by a host of artistic visionaries, thought leaders, and uncommon folks, including Kara Walker, Hortense Spillers, Fred Moten, Kathleen Cleaver, Charles Burnett, Wangechi Mutu, Saidiya Hartman, and Melvin Gibbs, among others. The film is an unprecedented ‘stream of the black consciousness’ and a strikingly original, kaleidoscopic look at black intellectual and emotional life.
“Dreams Are Colder than Death” is a haunting audio-visual exploration of the contours of present-day blackness, black studies, and black people, examining our relationships with early and frequent death, violence, with movement, with love, and with one another.
– Nijla Mumin, Indiewire/Shadow and Act
Co-presenter: Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses
Directed by Arthur Jafa
Written by Arthur Jafa
Cinematography by Arthur Jafa, Malik Sayeed, Hans Charles
Editing by Kahlil Joseph, Lashawn McGhee, Antony Langdon
Music by Melvin Gibbs
Cast: Kathleen Cleaver, Hortense Spillers, Kara Walker, Arthur Fielder Jr., Nicole Fleetwood, Wangechi Mutu, Fred Moten
Running time: 52 mins