EMMETT STILL: A Short Film by Fahamu Pecou
2016. Runtime: 15:12
Visual Artist, scholar and activist, Dr. Fahamu Pecou's first film, Emmett Still, captures a day in the precarious life of young Black men. In this world, a random encounter with police can quickly turn into a life or death situation. In Emmett Still, a young man named God finds himself in one such scenario. Ultimately, through an intervention from the Egungun (African ancestors) he discovers strength, assurance and ultimately, resilience.
The film's title references the brutal 1955 lynching of Chicago teen Emmett Till and links Till's death to the ongoing violence and brutality that underscores Black masculinity to this day.
The soundtrack features original music by Fahamu Pecou with guests Killer Mike, Okorie Johnson, Ekundayo, DFocis and AllenTheHuman. It also features a snippet from Cambridge University's 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William Buckley as well as motivational words by Kanye West.
The film and album are a part of Dr. Pecou's visual dissertation/exhibition "Do or Die: Affect. Ritual. Resistance." The exhibit is currently touring the U.S. through 2019.
Written and Directed by
Fahamu Pecou and Karen Marie Mason
Director of Photography
Titles and animation:
Kyle D. Hill
CHARISSE M. WILLIAMS
XAVIER “AUBURN AVE” STANFORD
TREVOR “BABA DARE” SMALL
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