First World Order

The relationships between culturally and ethnically distinct and disparate Africans around the world are explored.

Premiere Date
August 1, 1996
30 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Philip Mallory Jones

Philip Mallory Jones has worked with video, film, photography, and writing since 1969, and has incorporated digital media since 1990. His work has been broadcast and presented throughout North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia. He was co-founder and director of Ithaca Video Projects (1971-84), one of the pioneering media arts centers, and director/curator of the annual Ithaca Video Festival (1975-84), the first touring collection of video art. Jones was Batza Chair in Art and Art History at Colgate University in 2002 and artist-in-residence at the Institute For Studies In The Arts, at Arizona State University from 1991-2000. He has taught at several institutions, including Arizona State University, the State University of New York at Fredonia, Howard University, and Ithaca College. Jones is currently artistic director for Alchemy Media and Marketing, Inc., and media consultant to the Center for African-American Archival Preservation in Atlanta.

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The Film

Combining vérité video of arts and cultural practices, interviews, and computer-aided animation, First World Order is an an exploration of African diaspora, illustrating a global network of knowledge, wisdom, culture, and values originating in Africa prior to the birth of Christ and still present today in such diverse locales as the Caribbean, Fiji, and Arizona.