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ROBOTS OF BRIXTON
Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.
The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.
via Factory Fifteen. Another interesting video features an ambiguously brown girl or young woman, riding a train through “a suggestive re-representation of the existing and possible future.” Lots of dark and twisty metal and empty spaces in this one. #Prophetic
And if you still haven’t checked out “White” by A. Sayeeda Clarke, also full of speculative, afro-boricua futuristic goodness, then you are missing out.
In other news, N. K. Jemisin is dropping early chapters of the third book in her mind-blowing Inheritance trilogy, “The Kingdom of the Gods.” And while I can’t look because I know I’ll be hooked and then all I’ll be able to do is curl up in a little ball on the floor of my room and rock and moan until the entire book is available for purchase, I encourage you to check them out.
Seriously. Check them out. And if you haven’t bought the first two in the trilogy, make that happen too. Especially all yall who wanna buzz about the Help and justify your $15 movie ticket purchase with some foolishness about supporting black actresses. Want to support black women making art? Let’s go. Don’t read books? Buy it for a girl of color in your life who does (and yeah, I’m looking at you non-poc folks as well. You’ve got at least one black friend. Buy it for them. They’ll appreciate it. They may even thank you).
Besides, a book is whole lot cheaper than a movie ticket these days.