I’m Not Going To Die, I’m Going Home Like a Shooting Star explores a realm where time and space are modulated by radical mothering, collective mourning and Black queer future. Quoting Sojourner Truth’s promise of a Black beyond, filmmaker, Jada-Amina explores the Black ecstatic through self portraiture, archival footage and vignettes of loved ones and Black cultural icons. Weaving a dialogue between the living and the dearly departed, I’m Not Going To Die, I’m Going Home Like a Shooting Star summons a womanist gospel. This experimental work excavates Black past and the promise of liberated futures unbound by a spatialized moment. Composed by a pluralized voice, narrators include Phyllis Hyman, Sun Ra, Marsha P. Johnson, Octavia St.Laurent and Sandra Bland who is conjured throughout as an oracle. In response to the erasure and misrepresentation of Black marginalized gendered folks’ experience in public and intimate discourses, Jada-Amina contemplates the magic and melancholy of Black femmehood in pursuit of rapture and ancestral destination.

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