Lessons for a dystopian present
Reporting for Hyperallergic, Nick Mirzoeff emphasises the profound social and political reflections proposed in Isaac Julien's Lessons of the Hour. He writes:
"Julien recrosses the Atlantic, as Douglass was able to do as a free person, to remind his US audience of the persistence of segregation and racism. On several screens, low resolution black-and-white drone footage appears from the 2015 Baltimore uprising following the as-yet-unpunished murder of Freddie Gray. Its contrast with the very high production values of Julien’s own film provokes a set of associations."