African Diaspora Summer Film Series

| August 15, 2009 | 0 Comments


Greed and idealism collide in this powerful narrative staring Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long and Giancarlo Esposito. Tensions of the past resurface, as a town and its people struggle with age-old issues of the politics of prejudice. Images of past and present blend seamlessly as reminders of lessons yet to be learned. Winner of six festival awards including Best Feature, Best Director, and Producer Award

The DC area is home to one of the largest populations of Ethiopians outside of Africa. Many came to escape political oppression and human rights violations. Now as US citizens, they exercise Constitutional rights mobilizing and organizing their community members for taxicab workers’ rights, DC Voting Right, Voting Rights in Ethiopia and Humane Immigration Reform. Discussion after the screening.

Abel attempts to meet the cultural and religious expectations of his traditional, conservative Latino family. He Marries Virginia. Four years into the marriage, they both have to confront Abel’s sexual orientation after Virginia is infected with the HIV virus and develops AIDS.

The feature-length documentary The End of Poverty? won critical acclaim at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and is narrated by actor Martin Sheen. It is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by filmmaker Philippe Diaz. The film takes a hard look at world poverty and challenges capitalism and the American way. In a world of plenty, why are so many families around the planet still living in abject poverty? Looking beyond the popular “solutions” for poverty, The End of Poverty? asks if the true causes of poverty today stem from a deliberate orchestration of resource misallocation started in colonial times. Discussion after the screening.

This remarkable film traces is the journey of the famous Senegalese singer in his quest to humanize through music the story of those who started their journey as slaves. An homage to jazz, and the courage and creativity of those who created this powerful music.

A powerful portrait of the leaders of Jamaican music, Made in Jamaica explores how Reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon through interviews and musical performances.

Fascinating in its complexity, with an astonishing amount of archival film footage and firsthand accounts, Wounded Knee explores the occupation of Wounded Knee by 200 armed Oglala Lakota in a 71-day standoff in 1973. An immersive look at the climate of racism in border towns and ultimately, the role the armed protest played in Native American self-conception. – Sundance 2009. Zompantli (Wall of Skull), a dance group that incorporates Aztec and Mayan dances, will perform before the screening. Sunday, August 30-4:00pm

Dates: August 21st to 30th, 2009

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