Assaman

Assaman is a cosmic twin love story with the future. A man named Tukki meets a sky-being named Asé. Together, they become suspended in a visual and sonic examination in search of flourishing joy and self-care. What may seem a simple love story quickly expands into a kaleidoscope of introspective, interconnected and intergenerational movement and moments. Assaman holds you for 14 minutes in an Afrofuturist and Indigenous sonic vision - a hypnotic journey. Assaman means "the sky" in Wolof.

Logline: A love story with the future kaleidoscopes in a cosmic twin encounter.

  • Katrina Brook Flores
    Director
  • Katrina Brook Flores
    Writer
  • Mamadou Lamine "Tukkiman" Diao
    Writer
  • Katrina Brook Flores
    Producer
  • Michael P. Manuel
    Producer
  • Mamadou Lamine "Tukkiman" Diao
    Producer
  • Macca Malik
    Producer
  • Mamadou Lamine "Tukkiman" Diao
    Key Cast
    "Tukki"
  • Sojourner Zenobia
    Key Cast
    "Ase"
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    24,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Filmteenth International Film Festival
    Bethesda, Maryland
    United States
    June 18, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 43 CineFestival San Antonio
    San Antonio
    United States
    July 6, 2022
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
    Middlebury, Vermont
    United States
    August 24, 2022
    Vermont Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Native Spirit Film Festival
    England
    United Kingdom
    October 12, 2022
    United Kingdom Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Quibdó África Film Festival
    Quibdó, Chocó
    Colombia
    September 12, 2022
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • DC Black Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    August 18, 2022
    DC Premiere
    Official Selection
  • LA Black Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    West Coast
    Official Selection
  • Prince George's Film Festival
    Fort Washingto
    United States
    September 22, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes
    Cannes
    France
    October 18, 2022
    French Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Charlotte Film Festival
    Charlotte
    United States
    September 28, 2022
    North Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Wichita
    United States
    September 28, 2022
    Wichita Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Soul West Fest
    Phoenix
    United States
    October 21, 2022
    Arizona Premeire
    Official Selection
  • No Coast Film Festival
    Emporia, Kansas
    United States
    September 10, 2022
    Kansas Premiere
    Audience Choice Award Winner
  • Baltimore International Black Film Festival
    Baltimore
    United States
    October 6, 2022
    Baltimore
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Katrina Brook Flores

Katrina Brook Flores aka El La Katrina is a Queer Indigenous Xicanx multi-practice artist born in Wisconsin with ancestral roots to South Texas, Mexico, Ireland and Senegal among others with an artistic focus on storytelling through filmmaking, installation, music, movement and wearable design. El La Katrina’s directorial and production design debut film, ASSAMAN, was finished in February 2022 as part of their 2020 & 2021 Dark Matter Residency with Elastic Arts Foundation. During the residency Flores also produced, wrote and starred in a virtual healing and hope sonic theater project entitled SEED POLLINATE BLOOM in Fall 2020 addressing the impact of COVID-19 and the Social Uprisings during that time on Black, Indigenous and Black Indigenous communities. Since finishing their first film project in February 2022, ASSAMAN has already won numerous awards and been an Official Selection for multiple live screenings at film festivals. ASSAMAN is a Wolof word for "the sky." El La Katrina developed ASSAMAN with their Cosmic Twin, Mamadou Lamine Diao aka Tukkiman a singer-songwriter from Dakar, Senegal. They met in 2019 performing at an Indigenous youth benefit concert in Chicago and a week later would learn they share blood ties to Senegal and were born within 24 hours of each other, thus self-identifying as Cosmic Twins.

Flores’ work addresses boundary-spanning, border-crossing, and binary-breaking. They address how colonial systems, gendered constructs and conquer & divide tactics have impacted Indigenous communities and natural ecosystems globally. Their work seeks to offer solutions, healing and hope toward a future rooted in joy and ancestral teachings. El La Katrina was founding Arts-In-Education Director for OMAI & FirstWave and Co-Director of Breakin’ The Law: International Festival of Urban Movement at UW-Madison. After moving to Chicago, they served as Community Programs Director at RedMoon Theater and B-Series co-curator at The Dance Center at Columbia College in Chicago. Before becoming a full-time artist in 2019, El La Katrina worked as the COO of The Firehouse Community Arts Center in the North Lawndale neighborhood to assist in building the capacities of the organization in their inaugural year of funding with the Chicago CRED Program to achieve a transformative reduction in Chicago gun violence with justice involved youth. Following El La Katrina’s 2020 & 2021 Dark Matter Residency with Elastic Arts Foundation in Chicago, they now serve on the curatorial board for the residency.

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Director Statement

Assaman is my directorial debut. More than a director, I am an author of story. I believe we tell the stories that are ours to tell. I tell stories that put ancestors and future ancestors in creative conversation. I pray I am honoring my ancestors in beginning my filmmaking journey through Assaman. I am committed to making films that remind people of their magic and that they're magic. That magic is both our humanity and our connection to the universal all. Having no formal training or education in film, my approach is that of an artist using film as a canvas to paint a story in motion. Mamadou Lamine "Tukkiman" Diao, my Cosmic Twin, is the sound to my story.