Amazon Wide Style

Karma Clarke Davis

1997, 05:40 minutes, colour, English


An experimental work which uses the quick cut techniques of music video, Amazon Wide Style was produced for a Black History Month screening. Amazon Wide Style is a piece which subtly uses the structures of Black Culture, music, dance, graffiti, the jungle (urban and natural) and rhythmic language, in this case a prose poem that reflects somewhat humorously and indeed hopefully on the need to speak up and out for oneself as a means to overcome the obstacles and challenges that life throws you. Do not be daunted by those who tell you that you are too tall, too opinionated, too loud. The piece is a light-hearted, yet true to heart, meditation on the cultural cry to be proud of who you are. I had promised to be part of the presentation of a series of films on dance and then I severely fractured my ankle, this piece is the result.

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