Philadelphia: Molefi Kete Asante Institute African Film Festival

March 16 & 17, 2013

African Film Festival
Dr. Niyi Coker, Filmmaker, University of Missouri

5535 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 Phone: 215/882-9200                    

Molefi Kete Asante Institute
African Film Festival 

March 16, 2013

Film Titles and Schedule

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Discover the Real Cuba: An in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people: in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.

African Drum, Beyond the Beat  Tariq Richards (48m, United Kingdom, South Africa)
A portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society.

6:30 PM – 8:45 PM

Flare  Creative Artistic (10m, Netherlands)
An intimate look at the life of a Dutch woman suffering from an extreme case of Lupus.

Mbekk Mi  Sophie Bachelier (54m, France)
Mbekke mi is above all the refusal to resign oneself to the deadly blows of an unjust destiny. Young Senegalese men in their prime pit themselves against many perils in hope of finding a better life.

Shokran, Toni  Nahid Toubia (12m, Sudan)
In response to a published letter by Toni Morrison, a young Sudanese woman and her friends gather to say 'Shokran Toni,’ which means 'Thank You Toni' in Arabic, for bringing the attention of the world to their plight under the fundamentalist Islamic
military rule.

Holyland  Anna Somershaf (53m, Israel)
The compelling story of Solomon, a pastor of a foreign workers' community from Ghana who reside in Tel-Aviv.

Molefi Kete Asante Institute
African Film Festival 

March 17, 2013

Film Titles and Schedule

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Hope North Vocational and Secondary School, sits near Bweyale in Northern Uganda. The students are a mix of former child soldiers, orphans and abjectly poor kids, displaced by the 22-year old civil war in Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UDPF). Against the odds, the school is having an effect on these students.

Mama Africa  MikaKaurismaki (88m, South Africa)
A documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Harlem USA  Eric Schachter (78m, Canada)
A film about the gentrification of black folk in Harlem without a voice became a film by the black folk of Harlem with a voice. ‘Harlem USA’ traces a people’s amazing articulation of what is happening to them right now, of what has already been lost and what yet threatens to be lost.

Wolf Call  Rob Underhill (12m, USA)
Wolf Call (12 Best Film Awards), is the true-story of the lynching of Emmett Till crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s.

This documentary takes a probing look at how and why 13 percent of the total US population (African-Americans) now accounts for 50 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.


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Antumi Toasijé

Antumi Toasijé
Doctor en Historia, Cultura y Pensamiento