Colored Frequencies. Sounds and Vibrations in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Colored Frequencies shows how various musicians and creatives in Amsterdam Zuidoost negotiate blackness. In a white society, black people often face demands to ‘attune’. They are seen as ‘other’, and as such are expected to embrace majoritarian norms, values and ways of doing. The maker explores to what extent they indeed attune, and how they find their own tunes and frequencies. Quite literally, musicians relate to frequencies in their productions and the film plays with this idea. They can be audible and inaudible, visible and invisible. In the encounter with the maker the creatives reflect on how they perceive anti-racism and how this may influence their creative expressions. Colored Frequencies invites the viewer to tune into the experiences and lively worlds of the protagonists. Through this musical journey we learn how dimensions such as creativity, religiosity and spirituality relate to how these creatives experience blackness.

  • Manpreet Brar
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2023
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Amsterdam
  • Visual Encounters - OT301
    April 24, 2023
    Student Films
Director Biography - Manpreet Brar

Manpreet Brar is a visual anthropologist researching the dynamics between music, religion, and culture. For her master’s in Visual Anthropology, she conducted research in Amsterdam Zuidoost, in which she explored how young creatives relate to anti-racist practices. She is currently a junior researcher at the ethnology department at the Meertens Institute, where she investigates how visual anthropology as a research method can enrich and diversify archives.

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