The African Desperate
THE AFRICAN DESPERATE tracks one very long day for Palace Bryant (an expertly deadpan Diamond Stingily), a newly minted MFA grad whose final 24 hours in art school become a real trip.
Palace is not going to the f***ing graduation party! She hates the woods. If this were a reality show, she would be the person who was not here to make friends. Palace needs to get home, back to Chicago from upstate New York. But that means surviving a hazy, hilarious, and hallucinatory night-long odyssey, stumbling from academic critiques to backseat hookups.
The electrifying feature debut from renowned artist Martine Syms, THE AFRICAN DESPERATE brings her razor-sharp satire and vivid aesthetic invention to a riotous coming-of-age comedy.
“Martine Syms’s whip-smart satire brings the invisible, everyday negotiations of a Black artist to startlingly visual life... There’s an echo of Luis Buñuel’s THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL in THE AFRICAN DESPERATE, though Palace’s stuckness in her off-putting milieu is less surreal than tragically banal. As alienating as art school might be, it’s also a refuge for our eccentric, orange-haired heroine.” Devika Girish. A New York Times Critic's Pick!