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Candyman-event: screening and panel in Rotterdam

Nia DaCosta, who directed and co-wrote Candyman

Nia DaCosta (pictured here): “Throughout the making of the film, the thing that I always came back to was the truth that was at the center of the story of Candyman. In the real world, we create monsters of men all the time. People are murdered, they become either saints or they’re vilified. Throughout the last year and a half, it was always coming back to that truth. Horror is a very effective tool when it comes to telling stories about things that impact us on a social level. The very function of it is to make you uncomfortable and I think if that discomfort is attached to explorations of race or gender, you have to then reconcile your feelings about race and gender.”

The basics
Date and time: Sunday September 19, 16:00h-18:45h.
Moderator: Tracian Meikle.
Panelists: Lyse Ishimwe Nsengiyumva, Adison dos Reis, Cye Wong-Loi-Sing and myself.
Ticket link: . Our event is the 16:00h screening (and not the 16:45h screening).

Please note: This conversation will be in English. You don’t need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-test to attend.
Organized by: Lyse Ishimwe Nsengiyumva (Recognition, Bruxelles), Aruna Vermeulen (HipHopHuis) and myself (as a programmer for Amsterdam-Bijlmer’s Bijlmer Parktheater).

About the event
26 years after the original was released, Jordan Peele signs on as a producer for the remake of one of the Blackest horror classics Hollywood gave us: Candyman. In November of that same year, 2018, it was confirmed that Nia DaCosta would direct the film. When that first trailer with the haunting remix of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” was spread all over our timelines, it was clear that this film would rightfully demand our full attention and excitement. And then… the pandemic hit.

Fast forward to now. Sunday September 19 in Rotterdam, to be exact. Lyse Ishimwe Nsengiyumva (Recognition), Aruna Vermeulen (HipHopHuis) and I (as a programmer for Bijlmer Parktheater) teamed up to co-host a Candyman-event in Rotterdam. We rented a space at Cinerama, the Rotterdam based cinema where the event will take place. After the screening there will be an hour long panel about the film. During this talk, we’ll focus on the artistic brilliance of the film, its pro-Black imagination, the social commentary-references that stood out to us and the place it holds within the genre of pro-Black horror. The conversation will be in English.

Son of Baldwin: “It’s like author Brit Bennet said, a lot of these films being made in the wake and spirit of Get Out fail to do the transformative work of making this situations something other than trauma porn. If you’re going to use a racially traumatic paradigm as the basis of horror cinema, I believe you have to do something artistic to transform it into a considered, thoughtful morality play or cautionary tale that goes beyond simply torturing the Black characters for kicks, sh*ts, giggles and the white gaze. And you have to do that artistic work because the racially traumatic paradigm is ALREADY HORROR IN REAL LIFE.”

Events in May: discussing Jordan Peele’s Us & #VoteForwardNL

In May I’m co-hosting two events about Jordan Peele’s latest movie Us. Speaking of horror: it’s almost time to vote for the European Parliament. So yes, we have another #VoteForwardNL event coming up. All three gatherings are discussed in the post below.

Discussing Jordan Peele’s Us
My inner-movie nerd can talk about Jordan Peele’s work for hours and hours. This month, my fellow film lovers and I will do just that. We promise to do so in a way that also keeps the conversation interesting for people who (for example because they’re afraid of horrors) didn’t see the film. Needless to say there will be spoilers.

Meet us at:
Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater on Sunday May 19. This event will be in Dutch.
16.30u – 18.00u: #BPTUnpacks , the movie breakdown with Daphina Misiedjan, Nagaré Willemsen, Richard Kofi and me.
18.00u – 18.45u: Break & movie quiz. Of course there’ll be loads of questions about John Singleton’s films. Prices: two books from Bijlmer Bookstore.
18.45u – 20.30u: #VoteForwardNL (more info below).
Tickets: 7 euro (one ticket for the entire event, catering not included).
Maximum number of seats: 40.
Reservations: Please send an e-mail to or call 020-3113930 during office hours.
Click here for the FB event page.

Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut on Sunday May 26. This event will be in English.
This gathering is a co-production with Het Nieuwe Instituut. Many, many thanks to the good people who work there and who opened their doors for us!
Time: 15.00h – 16.30h.
With: Ola Hassanain, Malique Mohamud, Richard Kofi and me.
Entrance: Free and reservations aren’t needed.

Sunday May 19 at Bijlmer Parktheater – #VoteForwardNL

#VoteForwardNL is the people’s movement that focuses on inclusivity and representation of the Afro-Dutch communities in Dutch politics. Our work centres around Afro-Dutch politicians, Afro-Dutch voters and NL’s upcoming elections (municipal/local, provincial, national and European). The main focus for our event on Sunday May 19 (after the talk about Jordan Peele’s Us and the movie quiz): The elections for the European Parliament on Thursday May 23 and the gentrification of Amsterdam’s Bijlmer.
With: Daphina Misiedjan, Peggy Burke and Abdullahi Abdulrahman Abdalla.
Your one ticket for €7 is valid for the two part event on Sunday May 19.