Moonlight & Movies | A Night of Afrofuturism

When: Thursday, February 24, 2022, 6:30pm
Price: General Admission $10 | Members $5
From left to right: The movie poster for “The Brother from Another Planet.” A man wearing a red long-sleeved shirt is looking to the right. Behind him is the Statue of Liberty. To the right of the movie poster is Joe Morton’s headshot.
@IFC Films, Photo by Bobby Quillard

Celebrate Black History Month at our Night of Afrofuturism! The evening will kick off with an introduction (in person) by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton, followed by a screening of Afronauts (Nuotama Bodomo, 2014), a short film inspired by the Zambian Space Program, and then The Brother from Another Planet (1984), about an extraterrestrial who is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through Harlem. 

The Africa Center logo

This program is co-presented with The Africa Center.

This program will take place in Ronay Menschel Hall (Ground Floor)

Event Timeline:
6:00 pm - Doors open, drinks and snacks available for purchase
6:30 pm - Introduction by actor Joe Morton
6:50 pm
 - Screening of Afronauts (14 mins.)
7:05 pm - Screening of The Brother from Another Planet (110 mins.)
8:55 pm - Film concludes; Museum closes.   

About the Speaker:
Emmy® Award-winning film, television and stage veteran Joe Morton is best known for his dynamic role as "Rowan Pope" in Shonda Rhimes' groundbreaking series Scandal. Joe can currently be seen as a series regular on the new Fox series, Our Kind of People, executive produced by Karin Gist and Lee Daniels. He recently starred as 'Reverend Arthur Finer' on the CBS series God Friended Me and recurred on Netflix's The Politician.  Previously, Joe appeared in the DC superhero hit films Batman v. Superman and Justice League as well as Legendary's Godzilla. He also recurred in Netflix's Grace & Frankie. Morton is best known for his iconic roles in films The Brother from Another Planet, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Speed 2, among many others. Morton made his Broadway debut in the Tony® Award-winning musical Hair, followed by his starring role in Raisin for which he garnered a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award. In 2016, Morton returned to his theater roots portraying the iconic comedian Dick Gregory in the one-man show Turn Me Loose off-Broadway and was honored with the NAACP Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award. He reprised his role in Turn Me Loose at The Wallis-Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Fall 2017.

Watch the Trailers:
Afronauts (Bodomo, 2014, 14 mins.)


The Brother from Another Planet (Sayles, 1984, 110 mins.)

Event Logistics (subject to changed based on NYC regulations):

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the event (everyone over the age of 5). Excelsior Pass is accepted for those who were vaccinated in NYS. 
  • Masks are required.
  • Please note that no exhibitions at the Museum will be open, but we invite you to come back during our regular hours to check out what's on view.
  • For more information about the Museum’s COVID Guidelines, please check our "Plan Your Visit" page.
  • Please contact with any questions or ticketing issues.
  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. The Museum of the City of New York reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers and/or those who do not provide requested Covid-19 documentation. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

 General Admission $10 | Members $5

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Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

This program is co-presented with The Africa Center.

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