The Eleventh Annual African Diaspora Film Festival
Journeys of Discovery: Love, War and Politics
The films are as follows:
On Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM the festival opens with Apocalypse Africa Made in America, this seventy –two minute documentary film looks at the continent after World War II, when new leadership and democratic governments seemed to place much of Africa on a path to prosperity and development. Since that initial prosperity boom, twenty million Africans have died of disease, starvation and war. The film produced and directed by Washington DC based filmmaker and journalist Del Walters, suggests that, after record growth in the 1950s, a series of internationally orchestrated local conflicts have kept Africa where the US and other developed world nations and corporations can continue to exercise economic and political control.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:00PM Sleepwalking Land (Terra Sonâmbula )
Set during the Mozambiquen Civil War, this feature film focuses on Muidinga, a fragile boy, whose only wish is to find his family. On his quest to find family and home, his only assistance comes in the form of a storyteller and a dead man’s diary. This is a beautiful story of love and triumph in a time of war. [Portuguese with English subtitles]. Dir.: Teresa Prata
Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at 7PM. Night Catches Us is directed by Tanya Washington and stars Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie. In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Washington) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs.
On Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at 7:00PM Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush directed by Joanne Hersfield will screen. The documentary explores Charlotte O’Neal, Mama C’s decade’s long project of coming to terms with who she is—an African American raised in Kansas City, KS. In 1971 she joined the Eldridge Cleaver faction of Black Panther Party in exile and later moved to Tanzania. As she writes in one of her published poems, “In my freshly-landed, just-got-off-the-boat enthusiasm of living in Africa, I tried to blend, to melt, homogenize, disappear, erase, the essence of what made me who I am, an African, who grew up in and was molded by the ‘hoods’ of America, and I almost lost myself, self.”
Monday November 5, 2012 at 7:00PM An African Election. The 2008 presidential election in Ghana, West Africa, serves as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a developing world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its developed world contemporaries. At stake in the race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win.
The African Diaspora Film Festival is free and open to the public. Campus Cinema is located in the A.M. Witherspoon Student Center at 2810 Cates Avenue on the NC State University campus. Discussions led by various Africana Studies faculty will follow each screening.
About Africana Studies
The Africana Studies Program, housed in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Humani¬ties and Social Sciences at NC State University, offers students the opportunity to study the Black experi¬ence throughout the African Diaspora. Students explore topics, issues and research from cross-cultural, international, transnational and multidisciplinary perspectives.