About the Series

The Invisible Universe documentary series travels across time and space to tell the stories of a diverse group of creators who built an informal network that is changing how Black people imagine themselves and are seen, in the past, present and future. From science fiction, speculative fiction and Afrofuturism, to horror and fantasy, this documentary explores nearly 150 years of the Black speculative imagination in literature, comics and film through the perspective of Black people and Black history. The series reveals how several generations of Black creators have used speculation as an artistic tool to envision transformed worlds and liberated realities.

About the Filmmaker

M. Asli Dukan is a writer, producer and director with over 2o years of experience in the world of independent film and video production. She has made over ten films and has screened at numerous festivals across North America. She has been the recipient of various grants, awards and fellowships, including most recently a 2020 Independence Public Media Foundation grant and a 2020 Sundance Institute Knight Alumni grant. In 2018, she completed season one of her award-winning web series, Resistance: the battle of philadelphia. She is currently in pre-production on season two. She is also in development on the anthology horror film, Skin Folk, based on the book by Nalo Hopkinson.

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About the Universe


The Invisible Universe documentary series is a one of kind, project work-in-progress that covers over 150 years of history. It includes interviews with many of the groundbreaking Black writers, artists and filmmakers of science fiction, speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, horror and fantasy. Interviewees include Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Nisi Shawl, L.A. Banks, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Jewelle Gomez, Nnedi Okorafor, Brandon Massey, Sheree Renee Thomas, adrienne maree brown, Walidah Imarisha, Celeste Rita Baker, Rasheedah Philips, Alex Smith, Dwayne McDuffie, John Jennings, Bill Campbell, Donovan Vim Crony, and many more.

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