“EMMETT STILL” is the first film by visual artist, scholar and activist, Fahamu Pecou. “Emmett Still” features a day in the precarious life of a young Black man. This is a world where a random encounter with police can quickly turn into a life or death situation. Ultimately, he discovers strength and assurance in the power and beauty of his ancestors.
The film's title references the brutal 1955 lynching of Chicago teen Emmett Till and links Till's death to the ongoing violence aimed at Black male youth today.
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 Pecou's exhibition called "Do or Die: Affect. Ritual. Resistance.." at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. (www.halsey.cofc.edu) Aug 26 - Oct 8, 2016) and also represents aspects of Pecou's research as a Ph.D candidate at Emory University, in Atlanta GA.