Sunday Best

Sunday Best is an exploration into the adornment rituals of the black community within a religious context, specifically ways in which negative categorizations regarding beauty, garmentry and self ornamentation were redefined by means of religious communal gatherings at the churchouse each and every Sunday. It is with intention I look to explore themes of resistance to oppression, class struggle, divine escapism, and to highlight a sense of regality for things previously labeled worthless.

  • Zena Annis Utsalo
  • Lawrence Hughes
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Fashion, Art, Conceptual, Avant Garde
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    400 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of the Arts London
Director - Zena Annis Utsalo
Director Statement

Zena Utsalo is a Nigerian born, London based, fashion practitioner who is faithful to the art of storytelling through visual imagery, Utsalo creates content that both challenges and subverts standards of traditionalism within race and religion through a primarily avant and afrocentric lens.