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Bájúláyé: Ode to Kin

Laura Alston

Laura Alston is a Caribbean American multidisciplinary artist who uses traditional and emerging mediums to highlight unsung narratives within the global black community. Focused primarily in photography and film, her work centers race and identity, and engages within themes of autonomy and empathy. Laura’s dedication to such visual storytelling has earned her honors at the Puffin Foundation, and exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Tate Britain, and Columbia University.
the film
Bájúláyé: Ode to Kin is an art film directed by Laura Alston, in conjunction with Somewhere Films, that visualizes the unity of three Nigerian brothers through dance and movement. Using the words of Frantz Fanon and building on the authentic relationship of the brothers, the film illustrates how expressive movement is a practice of liberation; it is an exhale after holding your breath and it is a connective energy that brings others forward.

Directed by Laura Alston

Cinematography & Editing by Anna Dobos

Produced by Susie Peng

Starring Femi, Christian, Emmanuel Bájúláyé

Music by Pvwnbroker and Komiku

Poem by Femi Bájúláyé from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

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