OTV | Open Television is a non-profit platform for intersectional television. We incubate, distribute, and exhibit artists that commercial television networks and art institutions do not develop consistently: artists who identify with multiple identities marginalized by the market and society. OTV experiments with alternative ways to develop, produce, and exhibit art and television. Our programs center artistic expression, intersectionality, Chicago and digital networking.
After Reza, a non-binary rising performing artist from a township in Soweto, begins to settle into Johannesburg when Mase, a writer struggling to understand his identity, unexpectedly arrives into his life. Through their brief introduction they suddenly begin to reveal intimate vulnerabilities that both aren’t willing to confront. As they fall in and out of reality, both discover the endless opportunities to create uninhibited joy out of their past traumas. THANDO asks us to imagine a world where Black queer love is universally celebrated and protected. Join Reza and Mase on a cinematic meditation on black love, vulnerability and the pursuit of joy.