M. Asli Dukan


M. Asli Dukan is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who works primarily in the genres of speculative fiction as a subversive and liberatory artistic 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.


Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue) | 5 min | 2017

In this stand-alone, prologue episode of the Resistance web series, a stealthy hacker attempts to dismantle the surveillance tools used by the police to control her community after she learns that two young activists have been tracked down and brutally beaten by riot cops in their dystopian, near-future, West Philadelphia neighborhood.

Written & Directed by M. Asli Dukan
Produced by M. Asli Dukan & Anissa Weinraub

Ruja Ballard ... Protestor
Alena Gullege ... Protestor
Ociele Hawkins ... Protestor
Bryanna Palmer ... Protestor
Jennifer Kidwell ... Hacker
Jacob Winterstein ... Cops
Travis Douglas ... Cops

Music by John Morison
Cinematography by Rashid Zakat
Edited by M. Asli Dukan