Sun Ra the space age prophet lands his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. He engages in a game with the Overseer, an incarnation of evil in the Black community, for the soul of his people in this Afrofuturist masterpiece... QFF BLM Special Edition - Wednesday, June 3
SPACE IS THE PLACE
1974; dir. Sun Ra; Sun Ra, Raymond Johnson, Seth Hill.
Streaming on YouTube.
During the late-1960s and early-1970s, Sun Ra and his ensemble made several forays to California. In 1971, Sun Ra taught a course, "The Black Man in the Cosmos", at University of California, Berkeley. Over the course of these California visits, Sun Ra came to the attention of Jim Newman, who produced the film Space Is the Place starring Sun Ra and his Arkestra, and based, in part, on Sun Ra's Berkeley lectures. Ra's greatest adversary in his quest is the Overseer, who poses himself to be a community leader and a man of charity, but who, in fact, is a tool of the white power structure. On the other hand, Jimmy Fey is a representative of black people in the entertainment industry and mass media; he means well, but his intentions have been co-opted by the normalizing, status quo-reinforcing forces of white-led capitalism. - 8 minutes ago