The African Desperate

The African Desperate

October 14, 2022

Details About the Film

The last day of a Black artist's MFA program yields a needle-sharp satire of sex, drugs, and art-world pretensions in the Internet age.



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"Rollicking, piercing, and wildly entertaining, The African Desperate is pitched along the border that runs between being excited for one’s future and terrified about not knowing what it’ll look like... [It] is an electrifying, riveting odyssey, and Stingily—with her deadpan humor and no-nonsense swagger—makes its ending all the more cathartic."

–Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage


"With its everyday setting and social interactions mixed with an obtrusive, innovative soundtrack (composed by the band Aunt Sister, along with Colin Self and Ben Babbit) and hyperactive visual style, The African Desperate straddles the line between shock and banality."

–Susannah Gruder, IndieWire


Director(s): Martine Syms
Starring: Diamond Stingily
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 97 minutes
Country: United States
Language(s): English
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)