Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Watch 3 Clips From *Forgotten* 1992 Black Science Fiction Documentary Titled 'Black Sci-Fi' (What Happened To It?)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 18, 2013 at 3:16PM

Watch 3 Clips From *Forgotten* 1992 Black Science Fiction Documentary Titled 'Black Sci-Fi' (What Happened To It?)
3
Octavia Butler

I love it when I come across *antics* like this, so that I can share with you folks!


Thanks to our friends at Afrofuturist Affair, here's a look at a 1992 documentary titled simply Black Sci-Fi, which was directed by a Terrence Francis, for the BBC in the UK.

Included in the film, which focuses on black science fiction in literature, film and television, are interviews with black sci-fi notables like authors Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delaney, and Steven Barnes, as well as actress Nichelle Nichols, and others.

This is my intro to the documentary; further research revealed nothing, but I haven't stopped digging yet. Maybe in sharing it here, someone out there will be able to enlighten those of us who aren't in-the-know. 

I did find a filmmaker named Terrence Francis living in South Africa currently. It could very well be the same person, as, in sniffing about a little more, I found a 2010 notice revealing that Francis was working on a Dumas trilogy for both TV and film - Dumas as in the 3 generations of Dumas men, the most famous being Alexandre Dumas, the world-famous author of classics like The Count Of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, who was of African descent.

Whether Francis is still working on that trilogy, I couldn't determine. But I found no contact info for him/her, so, again, if anyone reading this knows more than I do, please share in the comments section, or email me: obensont@gmail.com.

There's no IMDB page for Terrence Francis, and certainly not for the documentary, which unfortunately, isn't available online in full; but, thankfully, a YouTube user named Doctor Zerkalo's Monitor Zone uploaded 3 clips from it, which are all embedded below, providing a glimpse of what was. I did send a message to the user, hoping they can tell me more.

By the way, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there's a new documentary in the works titled Invisible Universe: A History Of Blackness In Speculative Fiction, from M. Asli Dukan, which explores the relationship between African Diasporic images and popular fantasy, horror, science fiction literature and film, as well as the alternative perspectives produced by content creators of color. The documentary features interviews with major writers, scholars, artists and filmmakers and explores comics, television, film and literature by deconstructing stereotyped images of black people in the genres, revealing how black creators have been consciously creating their own universe.


The project, which has been in production since 2003, and which we've been following for a couple of years, continues to be in need of funding to be completed. It's a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, which is also where you can contribute to its completion fund by clicking HERE

Watch all 3 clips from Black Sci-Fi below:

This article is related to: Watch Now, Things That Make You Go Hmm...


Shadow & ActNewsletter