The African Desperate

Through the Lens of Black Women: Beauty and Expectations

Chaos reigns in the riotously funny debut feature from visual artist Martine Syms. With a breakthrough performance from Diamond Stingily, this fantastical day-in-the-life of a Black artist is a rollicking satire of art-world pretensions and a rowdy portrayal of sex and drugs in the Internet age. Journey with MFA Grad Palace Bryant in her hazy, hilarious, and hallucinatory odyssey needs to get back home to Chicago from upstate New York, stumbling from academic critiques to backseat hookups.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Community Partner: Houston Cinema Arts Society

The African Desperate

Directed by Martine Syms
(USA, 2022, 97 minutes, in English)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
5500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
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