About the Project

What is the history of blackness in speculative fiction?

Follow filmmaker, M. Asli Dukan as she travels across time and space to tell the story of how a diverse group of writers and artists created an informal network that is changing how Black people imagine themselves and are seen, in the past, the present and the future. From science fiction, speculative fiction and Afrofuturism, to horror and fantasy, this documentary also explores nearly 150 years of Black speculative thought in literature and comics through the perspective of Black people and Black history. Invisible Universe ultimately reveals how this new generation of Black creators have used speculation as an artistic form of struggle to envision their 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 Invisible Universe

 

The Invisible Universe documentary is a one of kind, documentary work-in-progress. It includes interviews with a who’s who of Black writers and artists 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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