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Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death

​Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death, 2016, still image of Hortense Spillers

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Presents Arthur Jafa's Dreams Are Colder Than Death


*Advance tickets have sold out; standby tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

In person: Saidiya Hartman

Arthur Jafa’s documentary Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014) asks what it means to be Black in 21st-century America. Interviewing Black specialists and uncommon folks about what they think—and more importantly, what they know—Jafa captures a stream of the Black consciousness and a kaleidoscopic glimpse at Black American life. The documentary will be introduced by Saidiya Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, followed by a Q&A with Jafa and Hartman.