Now Pretend
TitleNow Pretend
DirectorLeah Gilliam
CountryUSA
Year1991
Duration10mins
Format16mm, Umatic video
DescriptionNOW PRETEND is an experimental investigation into the use of race as an arbitrary signifier. In just ten minutes, this film quickly cycles through a diverse bank of images. Drawing on language, personal memories and the 1959 text, BLACK LIKE ME, it deals with Lacan's 'mirror stage', ideologies of the beautiful and the movement from object to subject. NOW PRETEND is a look at how totalizing definitions function for/against women of colour - a visual and sonic effort to re/collect the self.