M. Asli Dukan

FILMMAKER | VISUAL ARTIST

M. Asli Dukan is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who works primarily in the genres of speculative fiction as a subversive artistic and liberatory practice. She has screened at numerous film festivals around the country including, the Newark International Film Festival, the Imagenation Film and Music Festival, the Langston Hughes Film Festival and the Blackstar Film Festival. In 2017, her mixed-media, augmented-reality installation, the “Resistance Time Portal”, which centered Black radicalism in a futuristic narrative, made its debut in the Distance≠Time exhibition at the Icebox Project Space. 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, a 2018 Philadelphia Independent Media Finishing Fund and a 2018 Flaherty Seminar fellowship. In 2018, she completed Resistance: the battle of philadelphia, a near-future web series about a community’s struggle against surveillance and 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 holds an MFA from the City University of New York and currently resides in Philadelphia.

Songs for Nina | feature documentary wip | teaser trailer

In 2009, 18 women traveled to Paris, France, to pay tribute to the one-of-a-kind singer, songwriter, and pianist Nina Simone (1933-2003), as part of the Sons D’Hiver Music Festival. This film documents this historic event, tracing the concert from the planning stages through rehearsals to its performance while introducing and following the artists who are executing the show.  The result is a story about the ways contemporary black women pursue their creative work and draw inspiration from an important foremother like Nina Simone. SONGS FOR NINA shows the continuities between these different generations of black women artists and also show the ways things have changed for black women in the 21st century, in part because of the trailblazing work done by activist artists like Nina Simone.

Producers: M. Asli Dukan, Maureen Mahon, LaRonda Davis
Director: M. Asli Dukan
Editor (trailer): Rie Ito

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