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“BACK TO THE ROOTS” FILM SERIES

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Friday, August 1, 2014

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6:30pm  RETURN TO GORÉE (FREE SCREENING)

From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour as he traces the trail left by African slaves and the jazz music their descendants created. Youssou N’Dour (who has worked with top-name musicians Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel) now has the challenge of performing a jazz repertoire of his own songs on Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with some of the world’s most exceptional musicians, Youssou N’Dour prepares to return to Africa for the final concert.

(Senegal/Switzerland/Luxembourg, 2006, 108 min, Pierre-Yves Borgeaud, dir., Documentary, Musical)


Saturday, August 2, 2014

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2pm  HOMECOMING

After years spent in exile, three African National Congress veterans return to post-Apartheid South Africa and discover how much has changed in their homeland. Inspired by the real-life experiences of filmmaker and screenwriter Zola Maseko, Homecoming provides the moving account of Charlie, Thabo, and Peter: three lifelong friends who struggle to maintain their powerful bond, pursue their individual paths in life, and integrate themselves back into a society that has endured considerable social and political change. (South Africa, 2005, 90 min, Norman Maake, dir., Drama)


4pm ALUKU LIBA: MAROON AGAIN

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When the army cracks down on illegal gold mining in the Amazon forest, Loeti is forced to flee and use the skills he learned as a child to survive in the forest.  A drifter who has spent years away from his village in southwest French Guyana, Loeti must  find his way home and be reunited with his people, the Aluku, for he yearns to reclaim his Maroon culture. Upon his return, he finds his home an evolving space where old Aluku traditions and values are both challenged and influenced by modern society.  Thrown into a turbulent reunion with his past and coping with what remains of his ancestors’ customs and practices, Loeti learns that in this modern day and age it will take an unremitting, genuine effort to be Maroon Again. (Canada/French Guiana/Suriname, 2009, 90 min, Nicolas Jolliet, dir., Documentary, Drama)


6pm THE JOURNEY OF THE LION

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Howard A. Trott or “Brother Howie,” is a Jamaican Rastifari who dreams of the land of his ancestors: Africa. On the outskirts of Kingston, he lives with his two children in a humble shack  while having dreams of repatriation in Africa. When Brother Howie receives a letter from an estranged sibling inviting him to visit London, he leaves Jamaica for the first time and embarks—with great humor and sensitivity—on a journey that takes him to Europe and to the continent he incalculably cherishes.  (Jamaica/Germany, 1992, 90 min, Fritz Baumann, dir., Documentary, Drama)


Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

2pm GLORIOUS EXIT

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Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Nigerian actor living in Los Angeles, is summoned to Nigeria to bury his father. Nigerian tradition mandates the eldest child to take charge of a father’s burial. Although he accepts the responsibility, he struggles with why he feels morally responsible toward Nigerian tradition and a family whom he hardly knows. Jarreth starts a journey of self-discovery. (Nigeria/Switzerland, 2008, 75 min, Kevin Mertz, dir., Documentary)


 4pm BOMA TERVUREN, THE JOURNEY

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Boma Tervuren illustrates the astonishing and tragic saga of 267 Congolese individuals brought to Brussels for the 1897 World’s Fair. Meant to personify Belgium’s international economic prowess, they were subjected to severe maltreatment and open exposure to Belgium’s cold weather while being put on display before thousands. Many fell prey to disease and lost their lives. One hundred years later, Congolese compatriots return to the scene of these casualties and question Belgians about the unimaginable horror that was the 1897 “human zoo.”

Ultimately, Boma Tervuren revisits a century when stereotyped conceptions about Africans prevailed and the White gaze oscillated between paternalism and contempt. The film implicitly inquiries, “How much have these perceptions changed?” (Belgium, 1999, 54 min, Francis Dujardin, dir., Documentary)


6pm SONS OF AFRICA

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In 1979, after a brutal war, the army of Julius Nyerere—founding father of Tanzania—overthrew Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Nyerere’s army forced Amin and his family into exile in 1979, ending Idi Amin’s blood soaked regime.  Now, more than 30 years later, the sons of Idi Amin and Julius Nyerere have come together for a symbolic act of reconciliation: to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, together. As Madaraka and Jaffar make their way up the Roof of Africa, they discuss the way they see one another, the relationships they had with their powerful fathers, and the future of contemporary Africa. (Tanzania/USA, 2013, 57 min, James Becket, dir., Documentary)


Schedule at a Glance

Friday, August 1, 2014

6:30pm  RETURN TO GORÉE (FREE SCREENING)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2pm  HOMECOMING

4pm ALUKU LIBA: MAROON AGAIN

6pm THE JOURNEY OF THE LION

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

2pm GLORIOUS EXIT

4pm BOMA TERVUREN, THE JOURNEY

6pm SONS OF AFRICA

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