Inspired by the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Blooming in the Whirlwind aims to offer thoughtful, challenging and ultimately hopeful reflections on how we may continue to 'bloom in the whirlwind' of this turbulent year.
The project features an eclectic lineup of nine short films each inspired by a different poem.
Sponsored by Level Ground
"There you go, chopping coriander in a cyclone Squeezing mangoes in a cyclone
Dabbing your neck with bergamot
You, are the warm front I guess Look at this mess: Wrought palms Wrought dupattas
Jagged branches once alit by the pigeons
Faceplanted awnings no longer fit for their purpose
This morning, your neighbors saunter Instead of Paul Desmond you dance to the drum of their hammers Rebuilding, rescaling Coffee in your grip and mangoes on the mind
Tendrils of steam flush with cloves, float five stories high We must be fed, each of us, amidst the mess "