Azekel premiers new music and short film ‘Our Father’ to discuss mental health among people of colour
Written by Karan Teli
The Tate Modern may close at 6 PM, but the doors were left open a little later than usual for the premiere of Azekel’s short film entitled ‘Our Father’ – the same name as his upcoming album.
Before the screening, Azekel introduced himself and the inspiration behind the film; his life, his family and mental health. Particularly mental health amongst men of colour. It is something which he felt is almost forbidden to talk about or present.
Throughout Our Father, music from Azekel’s upcoming album was also premiered as the soundtrack to the film, perfectly fitting with the images on the screen. Visuals of young men of colour embracing emotion amongst each other were displayed throughout Our Father, which Azekel said in the Q&A afterwards was “intentional. Usually, people will see it and assume homosexuality. But why can’t it just be two young black men embracing each other?”
Questions and opinions like this are exactly why Our Father was created. It made it more impactful that the audience was a mixture of race, gender, ethnicity backgrounds and status; no matter which of these you are, the message Our Father delivers is still the same.
Azekel was not afraid to answer tough and controversial questions from the audience afterwards; Azekel was clearly confident and believed in the message Our Father was crafted to deliver. The powerful short film showed not only the creativity and talent of Azekel as a visual artist, but also reminded us in attendance that new music is coming! And From the sounds of it; the music is due to be powerful.