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Birth Place: East London, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Sankofa Film and Video is named for a mythical Ghanaian bird that looks into the past to prepare for the future.

In 2000, Julien was visting lecturer in Afro-American Studies at Harvard University.

"It's not surprising that some people find Julien's work provocative. He is black and gay and makes his race and sexual orientation an integral part of his work. The director ... has come to expect, and perhaps even enjoy, the controversy his films generate: 'It's better than being boring, isn't it?'" --Gerard Raymond in Premiere, January 1992.

"Clubs are pretty important places for my kind of cinema. That's where I have learned the most about sex, race, class, and desires.

In the 70s, clubs were a relatively new phenomenon, where different groups--black, white, straight, and gay--were brought together into he same space because of the music." --Isaac Julien to Premiere, January 1992.

"The main reason for making the film ('Young Soul Rebels') was to celebrate cultural differences in a fun way. It also speaks to the danger of keeping secret your sexual orientation. ... The other major reason for making the film was the music of the era. It was the time of the Soul Boy, Soul Girl movement, of Roy Ayers and 'Runnin' Away,' which I use as a theme song--referring to running away from our responsibilities, of people running away from each aother and of the need to seek your own cultural identity." --Julien quoted in Los Angeles Times, December 6, 1991.

"I'm very interested in breaking the rules of television and cinema. Everything that gets funded in Britain more or less gets funded through television ... Whether something is drama or documentary becomes sort of a fiction in the sense that it becomes an alibi, really, for regulating oneself to a fixed set of definitions about what the possibilities of making films can be." --Julien to Filmmaker, Winter 1997.

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