M. Asli Dukan

FILMMAKER | VISUAL ARTIST | FILM PROGRAMMER

M. Asli Dukan is a filmmaker and visual artist who has been producing, directing and screening her subversive short speculative fiction films since 2000. In 2017, her mixed-media installation, “Resistance Time Portal”, which centered Black radicalism in a futuristic narrative, made its debut in the Distance≠Time exhibition at the Icebox Project Space, co-presented by Philadelphia’s Black Quantum Futurism collective. She has been the recipient of several grants, awards and fellowships, including a 2016 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, a 2016 NBPC 360 fellowship from Black Public Media, and in 2018, a Flaherty Seminar fellowship. In 2018, she also completed Resistance: the battle of philadelphia, a 6-part, near future web series about a community’s struggle against state violence. She is in post-production on Invisible Universe, a documentary about Black creators in speculative fiction and in development on the anthology horror film based on the book, Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson. She is the programmer of SPECULATIONS, a touring film showcase spotlighting speculative/imaginary/fantastic films by filmmakers of African descent.

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia | web series | 2018 official trailer

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia is a six-part, short-form, speculative fiction web series about a clandestine collective of residents who mobilize to resist the pervasive surveillance and the repressive state violence of a powerful corporate government in a near future Philadelphia.

Inspired by films like Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames (1983), Ivan Dixon/Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973) and Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1967), the series also subverts the dystopian genre to form a complex and historically rich narrative about the struggle for justice and liberation.

Producers: Sara Zia Ebrahimi, M. Asli Dukan
Writers: Alex Smith, M. Asli Dukan
Director: M. Asli Dukan
Editor: M. Asli Dukan
Production Company: Mizan Media Productions

Media Inquiries/Sales: mizanmedia@gmail.com

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