Bio Rex Festival Center
The Finnish cinema premiere of Lena Waithe’s (The Chi) and Melina Matsoukas’ (Beyoncé: Lemonade) first collaborative feature film, Queen & Slim is followed by a panel organized by Love & Anarchy and Anti-Racist Forum (ARF). The topics of the discussion circle around BLM, black love and representation of black bodies in cinema.
Michaela Moua is an activist and a solution focused brief therapist. She is the vice chair of Anti-Racist Forum, a member of the core team of Good Hair Day and an avid human rights defender. She is also a single parent of a 7-year-old. She is currently a project manager at the Ministry of Justice. Movies are close to her heart, because at their best, they provide her with fleeting moments of escapism into worlds she belongs to.
Fiona Musanga is a Rwandese filmmaker, writer, photographer and activist currently based in Turku, Finland. She graduated from Turku Classical Upper Secondary School with a diploma in acting, later moving on to study filmmaking at the Academy of Moving People & Images, an independent film school in Helsinki. Musanga has made two short films titled Alonely and Don’t worry and is currently writing a script for her debut feature film. She is also 1/3 of the Ubuntu Film Club, a collective that hosts film screenings and panel discussions monthly all around Helsinki.
Ajak Majok is an activist, artist and a meme-loving millenial. Besides of various roles and positions of trust, Majok serves as co-chair of the anti-racist and feminist NGO Fem-R, among others. For Majok, films are a window into the picture of the prevailing time, and serve as a source of inspiration for social and creative work.
Geoffrey Erista is a Sudanese-Ugandan-born actor, dancer and live art maker. In the spring of 2020 he received a MA in Acting from University of Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy. As a performer he works in theater, dance, moving pictures and installation art. Before studying at Theater Academy, this Helsinki-based performer worked on his acting skills in Kellariteatteri and Ylioppilasteatteri, among others. Erista is passionate about space-based performances, documentaries and the politics of art. In his work, he’s interested in exploring socially relevant topics as well as ways to bring up diversity in art. He thinks that it’s important that art shows and points out what people have forgotten. In 2019 his thesis performance N.E.G.R.O. – Nhaga & Erista Growing ‘n Reaching Out was presented in Tampere Theater Festival.
Christopher L. Thomas is a filmmaker and teacher who makes films about immigration and integration, the conflict between identity and perception, and the specificities of the migrant experience. He is a member of the Miracle Workers Collective which represented Finland at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Thomas is the cinematography lecturer at the Academy of Moving People and Images (AMPI), a film school for mobile people which aims to decolonise knowledge, education, and institutions. He is also a co-founder of Kenno Filmi, a co-operative production house proposing reconfigurations of film and media art production practices through creative exchanges. Thomas’ films have been exhibited at venues such as the Uppsala Short Film Festival, and Tampere Film Festival’s ‘Racism Now! America Now!’ Series. He is based in Helsinki, Finland.
Anti-Racist Forum (ARF) is a collaborative anti-racist initiative organised by a group of people who have been active in different anti-racist networks, associations and grassroots groups in Finland and abroad. The ARF working group has planned an event that gathers different anti-racist actors and cultural influencers for discussions, workshops, presentations, and performances. It has been motivated by the thought that a space for dialogue and networking among anti-racists would be important.