Rebirth is Necessary

Rebirth is Necessary

Jenn Nkiru

Short film

An exploration of the magic and dynamism of blackness in a realm where time and space are altered. The now, the past and the future are rethought and reordered to create something soulful and mind-bendingly visceral. The soundtrack features music and sounds from James Baldwin, Sun Ra, Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, Rotary Connection, Pharaoh Sanders and Shafiq Husayn. It includes quotes and moments from Alice Coltrane, Audre Lorde, Kwame Nkrumah, Sun Ra and James Baldwin.

Film Series Fake Space

Awards for ›Rebirth is Necessary‹
Canal+ Award – Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018 | Best Documentary Short – London Independent Film Festival 2018 | Voice of a Woman Short Art Film Award – Cannes 2018

Director / Script / Contact

Jenn Nkiru


Benoit Soler


Kit Wells


Hugo Harrison


Bella Sontez


Jenn Nkiru, Jorgo Narjes, ICONOCLAST Germany

Jenn Nkiru

Jenn Nkiru is an MFA film graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C. Her first film En Vogue shot by Bradford Young and Arthur Jafa screened internationally to critical success. Her second short film Rebirth Is Necessary has been screened internationally, from The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA, LA) to the ICA in London to Rotterdam Film Festival, and introduced the London premiere of Black Panther at the BFI.