The people have no music that is in coordination with their spirits. Because of this, they’re out of tune with the universe. ― Sun Ra
Sun Ra’s science-fiction cult classic visualizes his cosmology through narrative, featuring a now legendary free jazz electronic score composed as spiritual uplift for oppressed people. The story mirrors the struggles of African Americans in society through the metaphor of the alien arriving from a parallel universe into 1970s Oakland, California. Utilizing a “Good Versus Evil” plotline, Sun Ra battles the corrupt figure of the Overseer, a character that represents the establishment, who is at the center of the oppression of people and destruction on planet Earth.
Preceded by Frances Bodomo’s short film Afronauts, a true story about Zambia’s space program which provides an alternative history of the 1960s space race.
Director: John Coney
Running time: 85 minutes
Format: Digital Cinema Package
Screens courtesy: Jim Newman
Films and schedules may be subject to change.