Local Sightings 2020 – Artist Spotlight: Kiana Harris' AJE IJO Series
Sep. 18–27, 2020
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Sep. 26 at 1:00pm PDT
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Sep. 26 at 2:00pm PDT
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Featured in this program:
1st Installment: 7 Reflections
2nd Installment: UNCONSCIOUS WOMB
Olokun (male and female). . deep blue sea, owner of the oceans. All waters pay tribute to Olokun first. Connected to Yemaya. Deepest ocean; the unknown. Ritual number is 9.
3rd Installment: RIVERS OF NINE
Oya: All 9 children (dead). Representation of winds, hurricanes, lighting storms. Appearances are horse tail whip and machete. Red, Dark red, purple colors. Symbolic of radical change.
4th Installment Finale: IMMORTAL
Olodumare; Creator of the world, finished after Obatala got drunk and couldn’t finish. Name (olo) means keeper of. No active sexuality.
About the Filmmaker:
A native of Anchorage, Alaska and now residing in Seattle, WA, Kiana created and debuted her first dance film entitled “DIVINE” part l and ll in summer of 2016, available on Vimeo. Her dance films were also featured in Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Risk/Reward Festival, SIFF 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot. AJE IJO Dance Film Series has screened at Artist of Color Expo & Symposium, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival and On The Boards, to name a few. She has recently screened her work internationally in the UK, Uganda, and Canada. Her mission as a filmmaker, is to reclaim imagery in a non-exploitative representation from a black womxn’s lens, and it be one of many tools to drive black liberation.
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Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Online] virtually showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 program, which runs from September 18-27, features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Local Sightings 2020 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. This year’s festival also celebrates NWFF’s 25th Anniversary as an organization.
Vote for your favorite films by 12pm PDT on Closing Day, Sep. 27; BEST FEATURE and BEST SHORT winners receive a future screening opportunity at NWFF!