Reed College

Film Screening and Conversation: Dreams Are Colder than Death

Dreams Are Colder Than Death (52 minute run time) asks what it means to be black in the 21st century. It is structured by discussions with Charles Burnett, Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Kathleen Cleaver, dancers from Magic City (the famous Atlanta strip club), and Fred Moten.  

This event, held in preparation for Fred Moten’s visit to Reed the following week, will include a screening of Arthur Jafa’s 2014 film Dreams Are Colder Than Death followed by a discussion guided by Samiya Bashir (creative writing) and Kris Cohen (art). Two or three very short readings from Moten’s poetry and critical theory will be made available prior to the event. All are welcome.

Arthur Jafa was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Clarksdale. He studied architecture and film at Howard University from 1978 to 1982. He is a principal member, along with Malik Hassan Sayeed and Elisa Blount Moorhead, of TNEG™, a film company. He has directed numerous films: Slowly This (1995), Smile (1997), Black Millenium (1999), Tree (2000), Yellowjacket (2001), Deshotten 1.0 (2009), and Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014), selected for the 2014 New York Film Festival. His cinematography includes: Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash (1991), winner of the cinematography award at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival; Seven Songs for Malcolm X, directed by John Akomfrah (1993); Crooklyn, directed by Spike Lee (1994); A Litany for Survival: Audre Lorde, directed by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson (1995); Conakry Kas, directed by Manthia Diawara (2005); Meet the Eye, directed by Aida Ruilova (2009); Shadows of Liberty, directed by Jean-Philippe Tremblay (2012); The Start Up, directed by Salim Akil (2014); and In the Morning, directed by Nefertite Nguvu (2014). His writing has appeared in various publications, including Black Popular Culture, edited by Gina Dent (1992), and Everything But the Burden, edited by Greg Tate (2003).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Vollum College Center, Vollum lecture hall
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type



Faculty & Staff, Students, General Public


Art, English



Black History Month

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