I Dreamed of Kenya

It interesting that the title of this video–shot recently by filmmaker Cary Fukunaga and commissioned by fashion brand Maiyet*–is “Sleepwalking in the Rift.” Not just alluding to dreaming, but also, because we are in the realm of genre here, to the film “I Dreamed of Africa.” The genre has its conventions. This reel, as with others in its genre, presents Africa as a dream, a phantasmic space. A juxta-modern space away from the exigencies of modern life. An elsewhere for the modern subject–usually white–to become authentic again.  To embrace the joie de vivre lacking in anodyne modernity.

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