2016 Festival Schedule

 

Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas
The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, Philadelphia, PA
University of West Indies Barbados Museum Courtyard, Bridgetown & Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination Cinemateque , Cave Hill, Barbados
Caribbean Travelling Film School, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Missouri History Museum
St. Louis, MO
Friday, February 5th, 2016
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • The March and Freedom 196310m
    Davon Johnson (USA)
    Nonviolent civil disobedience based on Christian beliefs started long before the peaceful protest, March for Freedom on Washington, D.C. A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and A.J. Muste formed the idea of a peaceful movement including a march on Washington in the early 1940’s.They successfully pressured sequential Presidents to issue executive orders that advanced the civil right cause greatly and forestalled the March. Their call to action passed to a next generation. In the 60’s,ordinary brave Americans followed the very strong leadership of MLK Jr. and others to make the March for Freedom a reality. This movement changed the nation forever; yet work remains as the torch of freedom and equality passes to our newest generation–our children.
  • The Conversation Doc Series
        • A Conversation With My Black Son
        • A Conversation About Growing Up Black
        • A Conversation With White People on Race
    15m
    Blair Foster, Michele Stephenson, Geeta Gandbhir, Perri Peltz, Joe Brewster (USA)
    “The Conversation Doc Series” are short Op-Doc video series on race in America. Broadly speaking, each video feature frank and open revelations on the incendiary topic. These short Op-Docs are the New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries (op-docs), covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers.
  • China Remix 29m
    Melissa Lefkowitz, Dorian Carli-Jones (China, USA)
    The city of Guangzhou is home to China's largest community of African immigrants. This short documentary explores the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists who are trying to find success in the face of China’s challenging labor and immigration laws. The film follows the entertainers as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives with their Chinese and African family members and friends despite facing prejudice and the risk of deportation.
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Performance and Q & A Session

    With Ror Akot, a young Australian based South Sudanese rapper & the main character of the documentary ‘Ror.’
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward..
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haze (Kenya)
    Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Discussion
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
1:00 PM – 3:45 PM
  • The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price 57m
    James Greeson (USA)
    A documentary film about the life and music of Florence B. Price. Price (1887-1953) was the first African-American woman whose music was performed by major symphonic orchestras back in 1933 when one of her compositions was performed by the Chicago Symphony. She also collaborated with poet Langston Hughes and wrote over 50 songs that were sung by the great Marian Anderson. The documentary tells her life story with many recently discovered photos and also presents many fine performances of her music to underscore her accomplishments. The poet Paul Laurence Dunbar used the metaphor of a “caged bird” for the oppression of black Americans. This is the story of a woman who refused to accept the limited aspirations that were expected of her race and gender, who would not be a “caged bird.”
  • The Trials of Constance Baker Motley27m
    Rick Rodgers, Joel Motley (USA)
    At the height of the civil rights movement, Constance Baker Motley joined the NAACP's legal team. The only woman in the group, she left her husband and infant son in New York for weeks at a time to represent the NAACP in Southern courts. The first female Black lawyer Southern judges and juries had seen, she stunned them by winning case after case - gaining the right for Black students to enter Ole Miss, The University of Georgia, and Clemson College. After the assassination of one of her closest friends, she returned to New York and went on to become the first Black woman New York State Senator, the first Black woman Manhattan Borough President, and with the backing of Lyndon Johnson, the first Black woman named to a federal judgeship. With archival footage and narration in Motley's own voice, The Trials of Constance Baker Motley tells the story of a civil rights leader who met prejudice and danger with elegance and humor.
  • Althea 77m
    Rex Miller (USA)
    Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of 1950. Althea's life and achievements transcend sports. Her roots as a sharecropper's daughter, her family's migration north to Harlem in 1930, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson and others and her unwillingness to participate in the early civil rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of Black History. Late in life, forgotten by the tennis establishment and barely able to make ends meet, she became reclusive, enveloped by bitterness. But, as the film explores, much of her failure to find financial success exposed a tragic flaw, as she was bull-headed and unwilling to listen to others.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Fatherland 71m
    Tarryn Crossman (South Africa)
    Fatherland is a coming-of-age documentary set in the remote South African Bush. It follows a group of Afrikaans boys over 9 days at a military-style camp in the spirit of their fathers before them. However, what starts out as basic military training, fitness and camaraderie soon intensifies as the true nature of the camp is revealed and the boys are forced to question their place in the 'New South Africa.’
  • Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Discussion
6:30 PM – 7:40 PM
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
  • “Tear the Roof Off:” The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic 57m
    Bobby J. Brown (USA)
    The untold true story: The rise and fall of one of the greatest funk band ever, Parliament Funkadelic. The film explores the group from its origin in the late 1950s in Plainfield, New Jersey as the Parliaments to its fall. By the early 1970s the groups Parliament and Funkadelic were operating concurrently and consisted of the same stable of musicians playing different types of funk music for two different labels. The name "Parliament-Funkadelic" became the catch-all term for the multiple bands. By the late 1970s the collective had grown to include dozens of musicians recording and touring under many different group names and solo projects. Overall, the collective achieved thirteen top ten hits in the American R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits. Parliament-Funkadelic with their funk sound and socially conscious lyrics has been especially influential for later R&B, hip hop, and rock music.
7:40 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Discussion and Q & A

    • Bobby J. Brown, director of “Tear the Roof Off:” The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic as well as Jerome ‘Big Foot’ Brailey and Billy ‘Bass’ Nelson, original members of Parliament Funkadelic and 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

    • Ror Akot, a young Australian rapper from South Sudan who is the subject of the documentary, “Ror”

Sunday, February 7th, 2016
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • The Conversation Doc Series
        • A Conversation With White People on Race
        • A Conversation with Police on Race
        • A Conversation with Black Women on Race
    18m
    Blair Foster, Michele Stephenson, Geeta Gandbhir, Perri Peltz, Joe Brewster (USA)
    “The Conversation Doc Series” are short Op-Doc video series on race in America. Broadly speaking, each video feature frank and open revelations on the incendiary topic. These short Op-Docs are the New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries (op-docs), covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers.
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
  • Obama Mama 82m
    Vivian Norris (USA)
    Stanley Ann Dunham was more than the mother of the first black President of the United States of America. As an anthropologist with a PhD and as a lifelong globetrotter, her intelligence, progressive politics, and activism made for a profound life - one whose inspiration continues to resonate through her son, President Barack Obama. Through interviews with high school friends and colleagues, film clips, and archival footage, the documentary explores Dunham’s travels from small-town Kansas to Seattle, Hawaii, and Indonesia as well as her work in the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements. The film explores her dedication to raising awareness of global poverty and her development of microcredit programs to address poverty in rural villages. Dunham is indirectly responsible for some of the greatest contributions to American and global history, especially Obama’s revolutionary health care bill. The “largeness of her heart,” as her son describes it, is the centerpiece of this inspiring documentary.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Discussion
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Monday, February 15th, 2016
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  • The Conversation Doc Series28m
        • A Conversation With My Black Son
        • A Conversation About Growing Up Black
        • A Conversation With White People on Race
        • A Conversation With Police on Race
        • A Conversation With Black Women on Race
    Blair Foster, Michele Stephenson, Geeta Gandbhir, Perri Peltz, Joe Brewster (USA)
    “The Conversation Doc Series” are short Op-Doc video series on race in America. Broadly speaking, each video feature frank and open revelations on the incendiary topic. These short Op-Docs are the New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries (op-docs), covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  • “Tear the Roof Off:” The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic 57m
    Bobby J. Brown (USA)
    The untold true story: The rise and fall of one of the greatest funk band ever, Parliament Funkadelic. The film explores the group from its origin in the late 1950s in Plainfield, New Jersey as the Parliaments to its fall. By the early 1970s the groups Parliament and Funkadelic were operating concurrently and consisted of the same stable of musicians playing different types of funk music for two different labels. The name "Parliament-Funkadelic" became the catch-all term for the multiple bands. By the late 1970s the collective had grown to include dozens of musicians recording and touring under many different group names and solo projects. Overall, the collective achieved thirteen top ten hits in the American R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits. Parliament-Funkadelic with their funk sound and socially conscious lyrics has been especially influential for later R&B, hip hop, and rock music.
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
1:45 PM – 1:55 PM
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward.
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Guest Speaker: Daniel Dombire Nyezinah
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Ota Benga* 60m
    ‘Niyi Coker, Jr., Jean Bodon (USA)
    In 1904 an African was removed from the Congo and brought to the New York City Bronx Zoo and placed in a cage with primates. He passed his nights at the monkey house. He was to be the ultimate example of the missing link and proof of Darwin's theory of evolution. This is his story. Over a century after this incident how far have we come with race relations in the United States?

    *special screening
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haze (Kenya)
    Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
5:45 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
6:30 PM - 6:40 PM
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward.
The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies
Philadelphia, PA
Friday, February 19th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:45 PM
  • The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price 57m
    James Greeson (USA)
    A documentary film about the life and music of Florence B. Price. Price (1887-1953) was the first African-American woman whose music was performed by major symphonic orchestras back in 1933 when one of her compositions was performed by the Chicago Symphony. She also collaborated with poet Langston Hughes and wrote over 50 songs that were sung by the great Marian Anderson. The documentary tells her life story with many recently discovered photos and also presents many fine performances of her music to underscore her accomplishments. The poet Paul Laurence Dunbar used the metaphor of a “caged bird” for the oppression of black Americans. This is the story of a woman who refused to accept the limited aspirations that were expected of her race and gender, who would not be a “caged bird.”
  • Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences
  • Tress: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair 66m
    Michele Ervin (USA)
    A journey of discovering uniqueness. The film makers follow men and women in the hair care industry that blend modern and ancient techniques of hair styling, which restores and empowers to reclaim one’s own self-esteem. Walk away encouraged by the stories from people whose lives have been changed through their hair. Tress affirms our walk with natural beauty with pageantry and music inspiring a new dialog about cultural influences and embracing one's own inner and outer beauty.
  • Kissed by the Sun: A Study of Nile Valley Cultural Continuity 15m
    Steffan Spencer (Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan)
    The documentary celebrates the cultural continuity and the historical importance of the nations of the Nile Valley known today as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan - once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia. Till this day, these lands feature monuments and traditions viscerally know by the world, which still retain their power to invoke wonder. From the days of antiquity, to classical civilizations, ‘Kissed By The Sun’ studies how the people have creatively endeavored to understand themselves, and the world, while honoring the vibrant traditions & cultural achievements that bind the great Nile Valley Civilizations.
8:45 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Discussion
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
2:00 PM – 4:15 PM
  • The Province 101 56m
    Doaa Al Ashqar (Comoros, Jordan)
    An island that is located in the Archipelago of Comoros in the Indian Ocean, whose population rejected independence from France, and so remained a French colony until today. Two years ago, this island became officially one of the overseas provinces of France, making it the destination of the Comorian and African illegal immigrants. Ancient Arab sailors called it the island of death where many of their ships and sailors were constantly devoured. And today it again eats up thousands of the secret illegal immigrants every year.
  • Return To Cuba 78m
    David Fabrega (Canada, Cuba)
    A documentary about the return of a Cuban migrant to her homeland. After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in Cuba. In the town of Santa Clara, she discovers through family and friends what has changed in Cuba but also what has not and will likely never change. Shot over a period of three years - the time it took to build her dream house – the film chronicles her life in the wake of Raul Castro's liberal reforms and reconciliation with the United States of America. A new Cuban reality reveals itself with energy, philosophy and humor.
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
  • Discussion with the two directors, Doaa Al Ashqar and David Fabrega
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward.
  • If Only I Were That Warrior 70m
    Valerio Ciriaci (Ethiopia, Italy, USA)
    A film about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 and its unresolved legacy today. Driving this investigation is the story of a recently constructed monument to Rodolfo Graziani, a Fascist general remembered for war crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Ethiopia, which sparked international protests and brought this this chapter of history back to the forefront of public discourse. The film addresses the unpunished war crimes Graziani and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.
6:15 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Discussion
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • The Trials of Constance Baker Motley 27m
    Rick Rodgers, Joel Motley (USA)
    At the height of the civil rights movement, Constance Baker Motley joined the NAACP's legal team. The only woman in the group, she left her husband and infant son in New York for weeks at a time to represent the NAACP in Southern courts. The first female Black lawyer Southern judges and juries had seen, she stunned them by winning case after case - gaining the right for Black students to enter Ole Miss, The University of Georgia, and Clemson College. After the assassination of one of her closest friends, she returned to New York and went on to become the first Black woman New York State Senator, the first Black woman Manhattan Borough President, and with the backing of Lyndon Johnson, the first Black woman named to a federal judgeship. With archival footage and narration in Motley's own voice, The Trials of Constance Baker Motley tells the story of a civil rights leader who met prejudice and danger with elegance and humor.
  • Pan! Our Music Odyssey 80m
    Jerome Guiot, Thierry Teston (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Pan, an instrument, an ensemble and music, created in Trinidad during the 1940's by urban street gangs turned into orchestras, shaping oil drums into tonal instruments. Today Pan has adherents from all over the world. Still Trinidad remain the Mecca, where each year man and woman who stake all on their art and passion come to compete for the world championship of Pan, the Panorama, with philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians. The fictional part, the violent story of the ones who through their struggle carried the destiny of this new instrument, brings the keys to the understanding of the modern characters and of this global human adventure.
  • The Fire Festival of Cuba (La Fiesta del Fuego) 49m
    Susanne Moss (Cuba, USA)
    The festival celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions including Santeria, Rastafari and Indigenous Indians. Visually stunning footage combined with animated and informative interviews guide you on an adventure discovering Cuba’s many cultures. The Fiesta concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil. The “fire” symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evils.
6:15 PM – 6:45 PM
  • Discussion
Missouri History Museum
St. Louis, MO
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:05 PM
  • Tress: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair 66m
    Michele Ervin (USA)
    A journey of discovering uniqueness. The film makers follow men and women in the hair care industry that blend modern and ancient techniques of hair styling, which restores and empowers to reclaim one’s own self-esteem. Walk away encouraged by the stories from people whose lives have been changed through their hair. Tress affirms our walk with natural beauty with pageantry and music inspiring a new dialog about cultural influences and embracing one's own inner and outer beauty.
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
  • Kissed by the Sun: a Study of Nile Valley Cultural Continuity 15m
    Steffan Spencer (Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan)
    The documentary celebrates the cultural continuity and the historical importance of the nations of the Nile Valley known today as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan - once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia. Till this day, these lands feature monuments and traditions viscerally know by the world, which still retain their power to invoke wonder. From the days of antiquity, to classical civilizations, ‘Kissed By The Sun’ studies how the people have creatively endeavored to understand themselves, and the world, while honoring the vibrant traditions & cultural achievements that bind the great Nile Valley Civilizations.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:20 PM
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward.
  • Kenya: A Guidebook to Impunity 62m
    Lucy Hannan (Kenya, Netherlands)
    A film about a Kenyan presidential candidate and his running mate, both charged with crimes against humanity by International Criminal Court, succeed in cornering the 2013 general election in the country. It left the country deeply divided: was the election used to push back the charges and destroy the International Criminal Court? The film artfully deconstructs the election that had extraordinary consequences, and left thousands of victims without justice. Narrator Maina Kiai - Kenyan human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur - uses his own on-the-ground experience as voter, observer and activist, to tell a gripping international story of power and impunity.
  • If Only I Were That Warrior 70m
    Valerio Ciriaci (Ethiopia, Italy, USA)
    A film about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 and its unresolved legacy today. Driving this investigation is the story of a recently constructed monument to Rodolfo Graziani, a Fascist general remembered for war crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Ethiopia, which sparked international protests and brought this this chapter of history back to the forefront of public discourse. The film addresses the unpunished war crimes Graziani and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:20 PM
  • In the Shadow of Ebola 27m
    Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (UK, Liberia, USA)
    An intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The film makers follow a Liberian student and his family living divided between the United States and Liberia, who open our eyes to the ripple effects the outbreak is having on Liberians living through this crisis. As the crisis unfolds, loved ones are isolated in Monrovia where the government is shut down, schools and markets are closed, and food prices are rising. Liberians find themselves fighting an invisible war that is painfully reminiscent of the chaos and confusion of the fourteen-year Liberian civil war, which ended a mere decade ago. As the death toll from Ebola climbs, the mistrust and disbelief are replaced by compassion and inner resolve to combat the spread of the virus. With international aid slow to arrive, Liberians turn to each other for help. The steps toward community empowerment and action help to build trust and stabilize the number of new Ebola cases.
  • Ferguson Documented: in 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences
  • The Conversation Doc Series27m
        • A Conversation With My Black Son
        • A Conversation About Growing Up Black
        • A Conversation With White People on Race
        • A Conversation With Police on Race
        • A Conversation With Black Women on Race
    Blair Foster, Michele Stephenson, Geeta Gandbhir, Perri Peltz, Joe Brewster (USA)
    “The Conversation Doc Series” are short Op-Doc video series on race in America. Broadly speaking, each video feature frank and open revelations on the incendiary topic. These short Op-Docs are the New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries (op-docs), covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers.
  • The March and Freedom 1963 10m
    Davon Johnson (USA)
    Nonviolent civil disobedience based on Christian beliefs started long before the peaceful protest, March for Freedom on Washington, D.C. A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and A.J. Muste formed the idea of a peaceful movement including a march on Washington in the early 1940’s.They successfully pressured sequential Presidents to issue executive orders that advanced the civil right cause greatly and forestalled the March. Their call to action passed to a next generation. In the 60’s,ordinary brave Americans followed the very strong leadership of MLK Jr. and others to make the March for Freedom a reality. This movement changed the nation forever; yet work remains as the torch of freedom and equality passes to our newest generation–our children.
Friday, February 26th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Her Story: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation 37m
    Sally Nuamah (Ghana)
    A short film on the experiences of three girls from low income families in Ghana striving to become the first females in their families to go to college. Sally Nuamah returns to the homelands of her parents, Ghana to do a field research on the determinants of academic success for female students in urban Ghana today. In her research, she takes a rare look into the lives of young women who attend secondary school in Ghana and realizes that collectively there is an overarching story. By taking a brief look at the lives of these young women, the film maker helps us understand the spirituality, discipline and determination that gives these students the ability to surpass the obstacles presented by their present circumstances and be academically successful.
  • The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo 78m
    Yaba Badoe (Ghana, UK, USA)
    The film explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent. The film charts Ama Ata Aidoo’s creative journey in a life that spans 7 decades from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women’s creative talent remains as hard as ever.
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haze (Kenya)
    Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
University of West Indies Barbados Museum Courtyard, Bridgetown & Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination Cinemateque
Cave Hill Barbados
Friday, March 4th, 2016
Session One: History and Culture
6:00 PM – 7:40 PM
  • Kissed by the Sun: a Study of Nile Valley Cultural Continuity 15m
    Steffan Spencer (Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan)
    A documentary celebrating the cultural continuity and historical importance of the nations of the Nile Valley, known today as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan - once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia.
  • If Only I Were That Warrior70m
    Valerio Ciriaci (Ethiopia, Italy, USA)
    Driving this investigation of the unresolved legacy of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 is the story of a recently constructed monument to Rodolfo Graziani, a Fascist general who committed war crimes during the invasion. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation.
7:40 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Refreshment break
Session Two: Strength in Community
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • In the Shadow of Ebola 27m
    Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (UK, Liberia, USA)
    An intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The film makers follow a student and his family, divided between the United States and Liberia, who open our eyes to the ripple effects of the outbreak on Liberians. As the crisis unfolds, the government is shut down, schools and markets closed, and food prices rise, Liberians find themselves fighting an invisible war, which, in its chaos and confusion, is painfully reminiscent of the recent fourteen-year civil war. As the death toll from Ebola climbs, mistrust and disbelief are replaced by compassion and inner resolve as, with international aid slow to arrive, Liberians turn to each other for help. Community empowerment and action help to build trust and stabilize the number of new Ebola cases.
  • Ferguson Documented: in 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    The killing of 18 year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 5, 2014, made headline news across the world. It soon emerged that what appeared to be yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man was something more, as outrage over the killing not only mobilized Ferguson’s black community, but sparked massive protests and public demonstrations across the country. It forced white, middle-class America to confront the issue of racist policing in communities of color. These events are dramatized by a diverse collection of voices.

    Discussion
  • Tress: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair 66m
    Michele Ervin (USA)
    In the hair care industry, men & women blend modern and ancient techniques of hair styling, designed to restore self-esteem. Walk away encouraged by stories of people whose lives have been changed through their hair. Tress affirms our walk with natural beauty - inner and outer - inspiring a dialogue about cultural influences.

    Discussion
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Session Three: Sex Work and Trafficking
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Becky’s Journey 24m
    Sine Plambech (Nigeria, Denmark)
    Becky, a 26 year-old Nigerian woman, wants to go to Europe in search of a better life. She has already tried twice. After failing once, she decides to begin a deadly journey through the Sahara, hoping to embark on a migration boat bound for Italy. The film is about migration, sex work and human trafficking as seen from Becky’s perspective.
  • Trafficker 58m
    Anja Dalhoff (Nigeria, Spain, Denmark)
    In this film, showing how trafficking of women from Africa countries is actually practised, victims speak openly about their experiences as sex slaves in Europe, their sufferings, their lives and their traffickers, as well as what drove them into the sex trade.

    Discussion
Session Four: Caged Birds Fly Free - Women Artists 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo 78m
    Yaba Badoe (Ghana, UK, USA)
    The artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost writers is explored and celebrated, from the tumultuous era of Independence when she became a trailblazer for women’s writing, to a more sober present day Africa, where nurturing women’s creative talent presents new challenges. Made in Ghana by a Ghanaian film-maker, the film offers fascinating glimpses of Aidoo at home in Cape Coast, the source of so much of her inspiration.

    Discussion
  • The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price 57m
    James Greeson (USA)
    A documentary on the life and music of composer, Florence B. Price (1887-1953), who became the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a leading orchestra when one of her compositions was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933. She collaborated with poet Langston Hughes and her songs were sung by the great Marian Anderson. This story of a woman who refused to accept the limitations imposed by her race and gender flies in the face of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar’s metaphor of a “caged bird”.

    Discussion
Session Five: The Power of Music
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Pan! Our Music Odyssey 80m
    Jerome Guiot, Thierry Teston (Trinidad and Tobago)
    Pan, an instrument, an ensemble and a musical form, was created in Trinidad by 1940s urban street gangs who shaped oil drums into tonal instruments. Today, Pan is loved and played all over the world but Trinidad remains its Mecca. Partly fictional, the film tells the story of those who through their struggle forged the destiny of this new instrument, and explores its contemporary resonance.

    Discussion
  • China Remix 29m
    Melissa Lefkowitz, Dorian Carli-Jones (China, USA)
    In Guangzhou, home to China's largest community of African immigrants, the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry is explored through the lives of three African hip-hop artists. The film follows them as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives, seeking success in the face of China’s challenging labor and immigration laws.

    Discussion
Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Session Six: Ethics and the Individual 1
2:00 PM – 3:40 PM
  • Good Business 25m
    Rob Schermbrucker (South Africa)
    What role can businesses play in transforming a society? What might be the role and outcome of a man's fight to build an ethical company in an unethical country? Through the true story of Raymond Ackerman (founder of South African retail giant, Pick n Pay), we encounter the power of love, forgiveness and compassion in overcoming the apartheid legacy of injustice, prejudice and hatred in South Africa; and begin to see how 'Doing good, is good business’.

    Discussion
  • Kenya: A Guidebook to Impunity 62m
    Lucy Hannan (Kenya, Netherlands)
    In Kenya, a presidential candidate and his running mate, both charged with crimes against humanity, succeed in winning the 2013 general election, leaving the country deeply divided over whether the election was used to defy the International Criminal Court. The film artfully deconstructs the extraordinary post-election consequences, which affected thousands of people. Narrator Maina Kiai - Kenyan human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur - uses his on-the-ground experience as voter, observer and activist to tell a gripping story of power and impunity.

    Discussion
Session Seven: Ethics and the Individual 2
3:40 PM – 5:40 PM
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haz (Kenya)
    This is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale, but the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth & power leaves him questioning his own existence. Against the better judgment of family & community, Mully sets out to change the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, he risks everything, setting in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.

    Discussion
  • The Trials of Constance Baker Motley 27m
    Rick Rogers, Joel Motley (USA)
    At the height of the civil rights movement, Constance Baker Motley joined the NAACP's legal team. The only woman in the group, she left her husband and infant son in New York for weeks at a time to represent the NAACP in Southern courts. The first female Black lawyer Southern judges and juries had seen, she stunned them by winning case after case - gaining the right for Black students to enter Ole Miss, The University of Georgia, and Clemson College. After the assassination of one of her closest friends, she returned to New York and went on to become the first Black woman New York State Senator, the first Black woman Manhattan Borough President, and with the backing of Lyndon Johnson, the first Black woman named to a federal judgeship. With archival footage and narration in Motley's own voice, The Trials of Constance Baker Motley tells the story of a civil rights leader who met prejudice and danger with elegance and humor.
Session Eight: Culture and Resistance
5:40 PM – 8:00 PM
  • The Fire Festival of Cuba (La Fiesta del Fuego) 49m
    Susanne Moss (Cuba, USA)
    The fiesta celebrates Caribbean (imported and indigenous) culture, history and religious traditions. Visually stunning footage combined with animated and informative interviews guide you on a discovery of Cuba’s many cultures.

    Discussion
  • Art Connect 74m
    Miquel Galofre (Trinidad and Tobago)
    This feature length documentary reveals the impact of art and creativity on a group of teenagers from Laventille, a notoriously violent district of Port of Spain.

    Discussion and Closing
Caribbean Travelling Film School
23 Gordon St., Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Township Lessons from the Cape of Good Hope 46m
    Michael Fischer (South Africa, Switzerland)
    This documentary tells the story of people living in the Cape Flats area outside of Cape Town, South Africa (what it is to be called informal settlements) 20 years after the end of Apartheid. How do township residents in slums cope with gangs related crime, unemployment and poverty in a country still very much struggling with racism, underdevelopment and inequality?
  • The Province 101 56m
    Doaa Al Ashqar (Comoros, Jordan)
    An island that is located in the Archipelago of Comoros in the Indian Ocean, whose population rejected independence from France, and so remained a French colony until today. Two years ago, this island became officially one of the overseas provinces of France, making it the destination of the Comorian and African illegal immigrants. Ancient Arab sailors called it the island of death where many of their ships and sailors were constantly devoured. And today it again eats up thousands of the secret illegal immigrants every year.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Good Business 25m
    Rob Schermbrucker (South Africa)
    What role can businesses play in transforming a society? What would be the role and outcome of a man's fight to build an ethical company in an unethical country? By exploring the true story of Raymond Ackerman (founder of a South African retail giant- Pick n Pay), we encounter the power that love, forgiveness and compassion can have in overcoming the injustice, prejudice and hatred of the apartheid era in South Africa; and begin to realize why 'Doing good, is good business.'
  • Fatherland 71m
    Tarryn Crossman (South Africa)
    Fatherland is a coming-of-age documentary set in the remote South African Bush. It follows a group of Afrikaans boys over 9 days at a military-style camp in the spirit of their fathers before them. However, what starts out as basic military training, fitness and camaraderie soon intensifies as the true nature of the camp is revealed and the boys are forced to question their place in the 'New South Africa.’
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Cocktail
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • The Fire Festival of Cuba (La Fiesta del Fuego) 49m
    Susanne Moss (Cuba, USA)
    The festival celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions including Santeria, Rastafari and Indigenous Indians. Visually stunning footage combined with animated and informative interviews guide you on an adventure discovering Cuba’s many cultures. The Fiesta concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil. The “fire” symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evils.
  • Return to Cuba 78m
    David Fabrega (Canada, Cuba)
    A documentary about the return of a Cuban migrant to her homeland. After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in Cuba. In the town of Santa Clara, she discovers through family and friends what has changed in Cuba but also what has not and will likely never change. Shot over a period of three years - the time it took to build her dream house – the film chronicles her life in the wake of Raul Castro's liberal reforms and reconciliation with the United States of America. A new Cuban reality reveals itself with energy, philosophy and humor.
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Caribbean Travelling Film School
23 Gordon St., Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Obama Mama 82m
    Vivian Norris (USA)
    Stanley Ann Dunham was more than the mother of the first black President of the United States of America. As an anthropologist with a PhD and as a lifelong globetrotter, her intelligence, progressive politics, and activism made for a profound life - one whose inspiration continues to resonate through her son, President Barack Obama. Through interviews with high school friends and colleagues, film clips, and archival footage, the documentary explores Dunham’s travels from small-town Kansas to Seattle, Hawaii, and Indonesia as well as her work in the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements. The film explores her dedication to raising awareness of global poverty and her development of microcredit programs to address poverty in rural villages. Dunham is indirectly responsible for some of the greatest contributions to American and global history, especially Obama’s revolutionary health care bill. The “largeness of her heart,” as her son describes it, is the centerpiece of this inspiring documentary.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • The Conversation Doc Series38m
        • A Conversation With My Black Son
        • A Conversation About Growing Up Black
        • A Conversation With White People on Race
        • A Conversation With Police on Race
        • A Conversation With Black Women on Race
        • A Conversation with Latino on Race
        • A Conversation with Latino on Race: Bettering the Race
    Blair Foster, Michele Stephenson, Geeta Gandbhir, Perri Peltz, Joe Brewster (USA)
    “The Conversation Doc Series” are short Op-Doc video series on race in America. Broadly speaking, each video feature frank and open revelations on the incendiary topic. These short Op-Docs are the New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries (op-docs), covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers.
  • The March and Freedom 196310m
    Davon Johnson (USA)
    Nonviolent civil disobedience based on Christian beliefs started long before the peaceful protest, March for Freedom on Washington, D.C. A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and A.J. Muste formed the idea of a peaceful movement including a march on Washington in the early 1940’s.They successfully pressured sequential Presidents to issue executive orders that advanced the civil right cause greatly and forestalled the March. Their call to action passed to a next generation. In the 60’s,ordinary brave Americans followed the very strong leadership of MLK Jr. and others to make the March for Freedom a reality. This movement changed the nation forever; yet work remains as the torch of freedom and equality passes to our newest generation–our children.
  • The Rock that Sambas (Pedra Que Samba) 11m
    Camila Agustini (Brazil)
    A trip around the African Heritage Circuit in the old port of Rio de Janeiro reveals a samba circle called Pedra do Sal. The voice of a slave evokes the past. Constructions turn to dust. People remain. So does samba.
  • Alive & Kicking 20m
    Lara-Ann de Wet (South Africa)
    Filmed in Limpopo, South Africa the film takes us on an emotional journey as neglected grandmothers take on the sport of soccer. These village grannies, "Vhakegula Vhakegula", lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way through centuries of subjugating taboos. Through their camaraderie on the field, the grandmothers erupt into laughter and song, helping to fuel their singular struggle towards decent lives, health and a true taste of joy in an otherwise harsh and desolate world.
  • Kissed by the Sun: A Study of Nile Valley Cultural Continuity 15m
    Steffan Spencer (Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan)
    The documentary celebrates the cultural continuity and the historical importance of the nations of the Nile Valley known today as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan - once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia. Till this day, these lands feature monuments and traditions viscerally know by the world, which still retain their power to invoke wonder. From the days of antiquity, to classical civilizations, ‘Kissed By The Sun’ studies how the people have creatively endeavored to understand themselves, and the world, while honoring the vibrant traditions & cultural achievements that bind the great Nile Valley Civilizations.
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward.
  • Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences.
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • China Remix 29m
    Melissa Lefkowitz, Dorian Carli-Jones (China, USA)
    In Guangzhou, home to China's largest community of African immigrants, the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry is explored through the lives of three African hip-hop artists. The film follows them as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives, seeking success in the face of China’s challenging labor and immigration laws.

    Discussion
  • Roaring Abyss 87m
    Quino Piñero (Ethiopia)
    If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it. There are more than eighty different nationalities and cultures spread all along the mountains, deserts and forests of Ethiopia. Nowadays many of the traditional instruments in Ethiopia have been replaced for electronic keyboards, and many local traditional bands have been reduced to a front(wo)man singing along to a keyboard which plays beats and melodies all in one. But there are still some musicians spread along the country playing the music they learned from their fathers and mothers; intruments like the Krar, Washent, Masinko or Kabero, are nowadays roaring and bouncing against the hills of this land of contrasts and diversity. In order to unveil the music universe and keep a record of this endangered music tradition, SolySombra Recordings, together with Sheba Sound teams, spent two years performing field recordings around every corner of Ethiopia, documented in this audiovisual poem. This film is an immersion into the deepest sounds of contemporary Ethiopia.
University of West Indies, Film Program Building Studio
12 Carmody Road, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Township Lessons from the Cape of Good Hope 46m
    Michael Fischer (South Africa, Switzerland)
    This documentary tells the story of people living in the Cape Flats area outside of Cape Town, South Africa (what it is to be called informal settlements) 20 years after the end of Apartheid. How do township residents in slums cope with gangs related crime, unemployment and poverty in a country still very much struggling with racism, underdevelopment and inequality?
  • The Province 101 56m
    Doaa Al Ashqar (Comoros, Jordan)
    An island that is located in the Archipelago of Comoros in the Indian Ocean, whose population rejected independence from France, and so remained a French colony until today. Two years ago, this island became officially one of the overseas provinces of France, making it the destination of the Comorian and African illegal immigrants. Ancient Arab sailors called it the island of death where many of their ships and sailors were constantly devoured. And today it again eats up thousands of the secret illegal immigrants every year.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Good Business 25m
    Rob Schermbrucker (South Africa)
    What role can businesses play in transforming a society? What would be the role and outcome of a man's fight to build an ethical company in an unethical country? By exploring the true story of Raymond Ackerman (founder of a South African retail giant- Pick n Pay), we encounter the power that love, forgiveness and compassion can have in overcoming the injustice, prejudice and hatred of the apartheid era in South Africa; and begin to realize why 'Doing good, is good business.'
  • Fatherland 71m
    Tarryn Crossman (South Africa)
    Fatherland is a coming-of-age documentary set in the remote South African Bush. It follows a group of Afrikaans boys over 9 days at a military-style camp in the spirit of their fathers before them. However, what starts out as basic military training, fitness and camaraderie soon intensifies as the true nature of the camp is revealed and the boys are forced to question their place in the 'New South Africa.’
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • The Fire Festival of Cuba (La Fiesta del Fuego) 49m
    Susanne Moss (Cuba, USA)
    The festival celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions including Santeria, Rastafari and Indigenous Indians. Visually stunning footage combined with animated and informative interviews guide you on an adventure discovering Cuba’s many cultures. The Fiesta concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil. The “fire” symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evils.
  • Return to Cuba 78m
    David Fabrega (Canada, Cuba)
    A documentary about the return of a Cuban migrant to her homeland. After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in Cuba. In the town of Santa Clara, she discovers through family and friends what has changed in Cuba but also what has not and will likely never change. Shot over a period of three years - the time it took to build her dream house – the film chronicles her life in the wake of Raul Castro's liberal reforms and reconciliation with the United States of America. A new Cuban reality reveals itself with energy, philosophy and humor.
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Caribbean Travelling Film School
23 Gordon St., Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Her Story: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation 37m
    Sally Nuamah (Ghana)
    A short film on the experiences of three girls from low income families in Ghana striving to become the first females in their families to go to college. Sally Nuamah returns to the homelands of her parents, Ghana to do a field research on the determinants of academic success for female students in urban Ghana today. In her research, she takes a rare look into the lives of young women who attend secondary school in Ghana and realizes that collectively there is an overarching story. By taking a brief look at the lives of these young women, the film maker helps us understand the spirituality, discipline and determination that gives these students the ability to surpass the obstacles presented by their present circumstances and be academically successful.
  • Art Connect74m
    Miquel Galofre (Trinidad and Tobago)
    A feature length documentary that reveals the impact that art and creativity had in a group of 'at risk' teenagers from Laventille, the most marred by violence community in Trinidad and Tobago. The story is told by these children who had access to different forms of art to express themselves. By talking, painting, singing, dancing and filming they will allow us to come into their world.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Becky's Journey 24m
    Sine Plambech (Nigeria, Denmark)
    Becky is a 26 year old Nigerian woman who wants to go to Europe in search of attaining a better life. She already tried twice. The first time she was intercepted with counterfeit documents in the airport in Lagos by immigration authorities. This made her decide to begin a deadly journey through the Sahara desert hoping to embark on a migration boat bound for Italy. The film is about migration, sex work and human trafficking seen from the perspective of the person taking this dangerous journey. Through interviews with Becky and sequences of everyday life, we sense the feelings of limbo and immobility that permeate her life.
  • Trafficker 58m
    Anja Dalhoff (Nigeria, Spain, Denmark)
    The film is a kaleidoscopic image of how trafficking of women from Africa countries is practiced. A variety of these women victims speak openly about their experiences as sex slaves in Europe, their sufferings, their lives and their traffickers. They cover the issues concerning the identity of being a trafficked woman. They discuss about the causes as corruption, poverty, gender violence, lack of education and opportunities of any kind led these women to seek for answers to their hardships and suffering. The film also explores how Voodoo is ruthlessly used by traffickers to control and subdue their victims. Two of the trafficked women, who became traffickers themselves after having paid their debts in Europe, also share their experiences as victims and traffickers.
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • In the Shadow of Ebola 81m
    Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (UK, Liberia, USA)
    An intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The film makers follow a student and his family, divided between the United States and Liberia, who open our eyes to the ripple effects of the outbreak on Liberians. As the crisis unfolds, the government is shut down, schools and markets closed, and food prices rise, Liberians find themselves fighting an invisible war, which, in its chaos and confusion, is painfully reminiscent of the recent fourteen-year civil war. As the death toll from Ebola climbs, mistrust and disbelief are replaced by compassion and inner resolve as, with international aid slow to arrive, Liberians turn to each other for help. Community empowerment and action help to build trust and stabilize the number of new Ebola cases.
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haze (Kenya)
    Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
University of West Indies, Film Program Building Studio
12 Carmody Road, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Obama Mama 82m
    Vivian Norris (USA)
    Stanley Ann Dunham was more than the mother of the first black President of the United States of America. As an anthropologist with a PhD and as a lifelong globetrotter, her intelligence, progressive politics, and activism made for a profound life - one whose inspiration continues to resonate through her son, President Barack Obama. Through interviews with high school friends and colleagues, film clips, and archival footage, the documentary explores Dunham’s travels from small-town Kansas to Seattle, Hawaii, and Indonesia as well as her work in the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements. The film explores her dedication to raising awareness of global poverty and her development of microcredit programs to address poverty in rural villages. Dunham is indirectly responsible for some of the greatest contributions to American and global history, especially Obama’s revolutionary health care bill. The “largeness of her heart,” as her son describes it, is the centerpiece of this inspiring documentary.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • The Conversation Doc Series38m
        • A Conversation With My Black Son
        • A Conversation About Growing Up Black
        • A Conversation With White People on Race
        • A Conversation With Police on Race
        • A Conversation With Black Women on Race
        • A Conversation with Latino on Race
        • A Conversation with Latino on Race: Bettering the Race
    Blair Foster, Michele Stephenson, Geeta Gandbhir, Perri Peltz, Joe Brewster (USA)
    “The Conversation Doc Series” are short Op-Doc video series on race in America. Broadly speaking, each video feature frank and open revelations on the incendiary topic. These short Op-Docs are the New York Times editorial department’s award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries (op-docs), covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers.
  • The March and Freedom 196310m
    Davon Johnson (USA)
    Nonviolent civil disobedience based on Christian beliefs started long before the peaceful protest, March for Freedom on Washington, D.C. A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and A.J. Muste formed the idea of a peaceful movement including a march on Washington in the early 1940’s.They successfully pressured sequential Presidents to issue executive orders that advanced the civil right cause greatly and forestalled the March. Their call to action passed to a next generation. In the 60’s,ordinary brave Americans followed the very strong leadership of MLK Jr. and others to make the March for Freedom a reality. This movement changed the nation forever; yet work remains as the torch of freedom and equality passes to our newest generation–our children.
  • The Rock that Sambas (Pedra Que Samba) 11m
    Camila Agustini (Brazil)
    A trip around the African Heritage Circuit in the old port of Rio de Janeiro reveals a samba circle called Pedra do Sal. The voice of a slave evokes the past. Constructions turn to dust. People remain. So does samba.
  • Alive & Kicking 20m
    Lara-Ann de Wet (South Africa)
    Filmed in Limpopo, South Africa the film takes us on an emotional journey as neglected grandmothers take on the sport of soccer. These village grannies, "Vhakegula Vhakegula", lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way through centuries of subjugating taboos. Through their camaraderie on the field, the grandmothers erupt into laughter and song, helping to fuel their singular struggle towards decent lives, health and a true taste of joy in an otherwise harsh and desolate world.
  • Kissed by the Sun: A Study of Nile Valley Cultural Continuity 15m
    Steffan Spencer (Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan)
    The documentary celebrates the cultural continuity and the historical importance of the nations of the Nile Valley known today as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan - once known to the world as Khemet, Axum/Punt and Nubia. Till this day, these lands feature monuments and traditions viscerally know by the world, which still retain their power to invoke wonder. From the days of antiquity, to classical civilizations, ‘Kissed By The Sun’ studies how the people have creatively endeavored to understand themselves, and the world, while honoring the vibrant traditions & cultural achievements that bind the great Nile Valley Civilizations.
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
  • Nascent 6m
    Jonathan Kasbe, Lindsay Branham (Central African Republic, USA)
    A short documentary about two children on the opposing sides of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. Bintou, a Muslim girl, and Gaus, a Christian boy, are on opposing sides of the sectarian civil war in Central African Republic. With escalating personal, tit-for-tat revenge violence, both Bintou and Gaus must discover who they are. The film is about how social identities are constructed and deconstructed through the circle of interactions with others and the self and how social identity influences why war is waged. Nascent explores the dichotomies of otherness and distills the conversation through the clarifying stories of two children and their individual yet unifying desire to move forward.
  • Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences.
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • China Remix 29m
    Melissa Lefkowitz, Dorian Carli-Jones (China, USA)
    In Guangzhou, home to China's largest community of African immigrants, the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry is explored through the lives of three African hip-hop artists. The film follows them as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives, seeking success in the face of China’s challenging labor and immigration laws.

    Discussion
  • Roaring Abyss 87m
    Quino Piñero (Ethiopia)
    If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it. There are more than eighty different nationalities and cultures spread all along the mountains, deserts and forests of Ethiopia. Nowadays many of the traditional instruments in Ethiopia have been replaced for electronic keyboards, and many local traditional bands have been reduced to a front(wo)man singing along to a keyboard which plays beats and melodies all in one. But there are still some musicians spread along the country playing the music they learned from their fathers and mothers; intruments like the Krar, Washent, Masinko or Kabero, are nowadays roaring and bouncing against the hills of this land of contrasts and diversity. In order to unveil the music universe and keep a record of this endangered music tradition, SolySombra Recordings, together with Sheba Sound teams, spent two years performing field recordings around every corner of Ethiopia, documented in this audiovisual poem. This film is an immersion into the deepest sounds of contemporary Ethiopia.
Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Caribbean Travelling Film School
23 Gordon St., Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Workshop
    “Shooting the Messenger:” A comprehensive guide to documentary film making
  • Ota Benga*55m
    Niyi Coker, Jr, Jean Bodon (USA)
    In 1904, Congolese pygmy Ota Benga was removed from Central Africa and brought to St. Louis for exhibition at the World's Fair as evidence of an inferior species. At the end of the fair, Ota Benga was sent to New York City's Bronx Zoo, where he was housed with primates and displayed with monkeys as the "missing link" between human and apes. In the eyes of his captors, he served as living proof of Darwin's theory of evolution.

    *A special screening
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • If Only I Were That Warrior 70m
    Valerio Ciriaci (Ethiopia, Italy, USA)
    A film about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 and its unresolved legacy today. Driving this investigation is the story of a recently constructed monument to Rodolfo Graziani, a Fascist general remembered for war crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Ethiopia, which sparked international protests and brought this this chapter of history back to the forefront of public discourse. The film addresses the unpunished war crimes Graziani and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.
  • Kenya: A Guidebook to Impunity 00m
    Lucy Hannan (Kenya, Netherlands)
    A film about a Kenyan presidential candidate and his running mate, both charged with crimes against humanity by International Criminal Court, succeed in cornering the 2013 general election in the country. It left the country deeply divided: was the election used to push back the charges and destroy the International Criminal Court? The film artfully deconstructs the election that had extraordinary consequences, and left thousands of victims without justice. Narrator Maina Kiai - Kenyan human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur - uses his own on-the-ground experience as voter, observer and activist, to tell a gripping international story of power and impunity.
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price 57m
    James Greeson (USA)
    A documentary film about the life and music of Florence B. Price. Price (1887-1953) was the first African-American woman whose music was performed by major symphonic orchestras back in 1933 when one of her compositions was performed by the Chicago Symphony. She also collaborated with poet Langston Hughes and wrote over 50 songs that were sung by the great Marian Anderson. The documentary tells her life story with many recently discovered photos and also presents many fine performances of her music to underscore her accomplishments. The poet Paul Laurence Dunbar used the metaphor of a “caged bird” for the oppression of black Americans. This is the story of a woman who refused to accept the limited aspirations that were expected of her race and gender, who would not be a “caged bird.”
  • Althea 77m
    Rex Miller (USA)
    Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of 1950. Althea's life and achievements transcend sports. Her roots as a sharecropper's daughter, her family's migration north to Harlem in 1930, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson and others and her unwillingness to participate in the early civil rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of Black History. Late in life, forgotten by the tennis establishment and barely able to make ends meet, she became reclusive, enveloped by bitterness. But, as the film explores, much of her failure to find financial success exposed a tragic flaw, as she was bull-headed and unwilling to listen to others.
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Tress: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair 66m
    Michele Ervin (USA)
    A journey of discovering uniqueness. The film makers follow men and women in the hair care industry that blend modern and ancient techniques of hair styling, which restores and empowers to reclaim one’s own self-esteem. Walk away encouraged by the stories from people whose lives have been changed through their hair. Tress affirms our walk with natural beauty with pageantry and music inspiring a new dialog about cultural influences and embracing one's own inner and outer beauty.
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
University of West Indies, Film Program Building Studio
12 Carmody Road, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Her Story: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation 37m
    Sally Nuamah (Ghana)
    A short film on the experiences of three girls from low income families in Ghana striving to become the first females in their families to go to college. Sally Nuamah returns to the homelands of her parents, Ghana to do a field research on the determinants of academic success for female students in urban Ghana today. In her research, she takes a rare look into the lives of young women who attend secondary school in Ghana and realizes that collectively there is an overarching story. By taking a brief look at the lives of these young women, the film maker helps us understand the spirituality, discipline and determination that gives these students the ability to surpass the obstacles presented by their present circumstances and be academically successful.
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
  • The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price 57m
    James Greeson (USA)
    A documentary film about the life and music of Florence B. Price. Price (1887-1953) was the first African-American woman whose music was performed by major symphonic orchestras back in 1933 when one of her compositions was performed by the Chicago Symphony. She also collaborated with poet Langston Hughes and wrote over 50 songs that were sung by the great Marian Anderson. The documentary tells her life story with many recently discovered photos and also presents many fine performances of her music to underscore her accomplishments. The poet Paul Laurence Dunbar used the metaphor of a “caged bird” for the oppression of black Americans. This is the story of a woman who refused to accept the limited aspirations that were expected of her race and gender, who would not be a “caged bird.”
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Becky's Journey 24m
    Sine Plambech (Nigeria, Denmark)
    Becky is a 26 year old Nigerian woman who wants to go to Europe in search of attaining a better life. She already tried twice. The first time she was intercepted with counterfeit documents in the airport in Lagos by immigration authorities. This made her decide to begin a deadly journey through the Sahara desert hoping to embark on a migration boat bound for Italy. The film is about migration, sex work and human trafficking seen from the perspective of the person taking this dangerous journey. Through interviews with Becky and sequences of everyday life, we sense the feelings of limbo and immobility that permeate her life.
  • Trafficker 58m
    Anja Dalhoff (Nigeria, Spain, Denmark)
    The film is a kaleidoscopic image of how trafficking of women from Africa countries is practiced. A variety of these women victims speak openly about their experiences as sex slaves in Europe, their sufferings, their lives and their traffickers. They cover the issues concerning the identity of being a trafficked woman. They discuss about the causes as corruption, poverty, gender violence, lack of education and opportunities of any kind led these women to seek for answers to their hardships and suffering. The film also explores how Voodoo is ruthlessly used by traffickers to control and subdue their victims. Two of the trafficked women, who became traffickers themselves after having paid their debts in Europe, also share their experiences as victims and traffickers.
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • In the Shadow of Ebola 81m
    Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (UK, Liberia, USA)
    An intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The film makers follow a student and his family, divided between the United States and Liberia, who open our eyes to the ripple effects of the outbreak on Liberians. As the crisis unfolds, the government is shut down, schools and markets closed, and food prices rise, Liberians find themselves fighting an invisible war, which, in its chaos and confusion, is painfully reminiscent of the recent fourteen-year civil war. As the death toll from Ebola climbs, mistrust and disbelief are replaced by compassion and inner resolve as, with international aid slow to arrive, Liberians turn to each other for help. Community empowerment and action help to build trust and stabilize the number of new Ebola cases.
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haze (Kenya)
    Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival
Lagos, Nigeria
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Kongi’s Harvest Gallery
1st Floor, Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
9:50 AM – 10:55 AM
  • Kenya: A Guidebook to Impunity 62m
    Lucy Hannan (Kenya, Netherlands)
    A film about a Kenyan presidential candidate and his running mate, both charged with crimes against humanity by International Criminal Court, succeed in cornering the 2013 general election in the country. It left the country deeply divided: was the election used to push back the charges and destroy the International Criminal Court? The film artfully deconstructs the election that had extraordinary consequences, and left thousands of victims without justice. Narrator Maina Kiai - Kenyan human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur - uses his own on-the-ground experience as voter, observer and activist, to tell a gripping international story of power and impunity.
Screening Room, Museum Hall
Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
2:00 PM – 4:35 PM
  • Althea 77m
    Rex Miller (USA)
    Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of 1950. Althea's life and achievements transcend sports. Her roots as a sharecropper's daughter, her family's migration north to Harlem in 1930, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson and others and her unwillingness to participate in the early civil rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of Black History. Late in life, forgotten by the tennis establishment and barely able to make ends meet, she became reclusive, enveloped by bitterness. But, as the film explores, much of her failure to find financial success exposed a tragic flaw, as she was bull-headed and unwilling to listen to others.
  • Return to Cuba 78m
    David Fabrega (Canada, Cuba)
    A documentary about the return of a Cuban migrant to her homeland. After 18 years living in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in Cuba. In the town of Santa Clara, she discovers through family and friends what has changed in Cuba but also what has not and will likely never change. Shot over a period of three years - the time it took to build her dream house – the film chronicles her life in the wake of Raul Castro's liberal reforms and reconciliation with the United States of America. A new Cuban reality reveals itself with energy, philosophy and humor.
Friday, March 25th, 2016
Kongi’s Harvest Gallery
1st Floor, Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
  • In the Shadow of Ebola 27m
    Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (UK, Liberia, USA)
    An intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The film makers follow a student and his family, divided between the United States and Liberia, who open our eyes to the ripple effects of the outbreak on Liberians. As the crisis unfolds, the government is shut down, schools and markets closed, and food prices rise, Liberians find themselves fighting an invisible war, which, in its chaos and confusion, is painfully reminiscent of the recent fourteen-year civil war. As the death toll from Ebola climbs, mistrust and disbelief are replaced by compassion and inner resolve as, with international aid slow to arrive, Liberians turn to each other for help. Community empowerment and action help to build trust and stabilize the number of new Ebola cases.
  • Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences
Screening Room, Museum Hall
Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Mully 81m
    Scott Haze (Kenya)
    Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
2:20 PM – 4:20 PM
  • China Remix 29m
    Melissa Lefkowitz, Dorian Carli-Jones (China, USA)
    The city of Guangzhou is home to China's largest community of African immigrants. This short documentary explores the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists who are trying to find success in the face of China’s challenging labor and immigration laws. The film follows the entertainers as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives with their Chinese and African family members and friends despite facing prejudice and the risk of deportation.
  • Roaring Abyss 87m
    Quino Piñero (Ethiopia)
    If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it. There are more than eighty different nationalities and cultures spread all along the mountains, deserts and forests of Ethiopia. Nowadays many of the traditional instruments in Ethiopia have been replaced for electronic keyboards, and many local traditional bands have been reduced to a front(wo)man singing along to a keyboard which plays beats and melodies all in one. But there are still some musicians spread along the country playing the music they learned from their fathers and mothers; intruments like the Krar, Washent, Masinko or Kabero, are nowadays roaring and bouncing against the hills of this land of contrasts and diversity. In order to unveil the music universe and keep a record of this endangered music tradition, SolySombra Recordings, together with Sheba Sound teams, spent two years performing field recordings around every corner of Ethiopia, documented in this audiovisual poem. This film is an immersion into the deepest sounds of contemporary Ethiopia.
5:20 PM – 6:10 PM
  • The Fire Festival of Cuba (La Fiesta del Fuego) 49m
    Susanne Moss (Cuba, USA)
    The festival celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions including Santeria, Rastafari and Indigenous Indians. Visually stunning footage combined with animated and informative interviews guide you on an adventure discovering Cuba’s many cultures. The Fiesta concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil. The “fire” symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evils.
Afrinolly Space
Plot 5 Etal Avenue, Off Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Nigeria
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
  • Township Lessons from the Cape of Good Hope 46m
    Michael Fischer (South Africa, Switzerland)
    This documentary tells the story of people living in the Cape Flats area outside of Cape Town, South Africa (what it is to be called informal settlements) 20 years after the end of Apartheid. How do township residents in slums cope with gangs related crime, unemployment and poverty in a country still very much struggling with racism, underdevelopment and inequality?
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
3:50 PM – 5:10 PM
  • Althea 77m
    Rex Miller (USA)
    Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of 1950. Althea's life and achievements transcend sports. Her roots as a sharecropper's daughter, her family's migration north to Harlem in 1930, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson and others and her unwillingness to participate in the early civil rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of Black History. Late in life, forgotten by the tennis establishment and barely able to make ends meet, she became reclusive, enveloped by bitterness. But, as the film explores, much of her failure to find financial success exposed a tragic flaw, as she was bull-headed and unwilling to listen to others.
Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Kongi’s Harvest Gallery
1st Floor, Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
12:50 PM – 1:15 PM
  • Becky's Journey 24m
    Sine Plambech (Nigeria, Denmark)
    Becky is a 26 year old Nigerian woman who wants to go to Europe in search of attaining a better life. She already tried twice. The first time she was intercepted with counterfeit documents in the airport in Lagos by immigration authorities. This made her decide to begin a deadly journey through the Sahara desert hoping to embark on a migration boat bound for Italy. The film is about migration, sex work and human trafficking seen from the perspective of the person taking this dangerous journey. Through interviews with Becky and sequences of everyday life, we sense the feelings of limbo and immobility that permeate her life.
4:05 PM – 4:20 PM
  • Ror 14m
    Natalie Cunningham (South Sudan, Australia)
    A short documentary about the story of a young poet following his hip-hop dream. Ror Akot, a sixteen year old former South Sudanese refugee is a making his mark on the Australian hip-hop scene. In this short documentary, Ror discusses his love of music and his determination to succeed. An inspiring portrait of a young rapper trying to find his way.
5:35 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Good Business 25m
    Rob Schermbrucker (South Africa)
    What role can businesses play in transforming a society? What would be the role and outcome of a man's fight to build an ethical company in an unethical country? By exploring the true story of Raymond Ackerman (founder of a South African retail giant- Pick n Pay), we encounter the power that love, forgiveness and compassion can have in overcoming the injustice, prejudice and hatred of the apartheid era in South Africa; and begin to realize why 'Doing good, is good business.'
7:50 PM – 8:50 PM
  • Trafficker 58m
    Anja Dalhoff (Nigeria, Spain, Denmark)
    The film is a kaleidoscopic image of how trafficking of women from Africa countries is practiced. A variety of these women victims speak openly about their experiences as sex slaves in Europe, their sufferings, their lives and their traffickers. They cover the issues concerning the identity of being a trafficked woman. They discuss about the causes as corruption, poverty, gender violence, lack of education and opportunities of any kind led these women to seek for answers to their hardships and suffering. The film also explores how Voodoo is ruthlessly used by traffickers to control and subdue their victims. Two of the trafficked women, who became traffickers themselves after having paid their debts in Europe, also share their experiences as victims and traffickers.
Screening Room, Museum Hall
Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
  • Obama Mama 82m
    Vivian Norris (USA)
    Stanley Ann Dunham was more than the mother of the first black President of the United States of America. As an anthropologist with a PhD and as a lifelong globetrotter, her intelligence, progressive politics, and activism made for a profound life - one whose inspiration continues to resonate through her son, President Barack Obama. Through interviews with high school friends and colleagues, film clips, and archival footage, the documentary explores Dunham’s travels from small-town Kansas to Seattle, Hawaii, and Indonesia as well as her work in the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements. The film explores her dedication to raising awareness of global poverty and her development of microcredit programs to address poverty in rural villages. Dunham is indirectly responsible for some of the greatest contributions to American and global history, especially Obama’s revolutionary health care bill. The “largeness of her heart,” as her son describes it, is the centerpiece of this inspiring documentary.
3:00 PM – 4:20 PM
  • Ferguson Documented: In 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    On August 5, 2014, Michael Brown an 18 year-old black teenager was killed by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. What appeared to be yet another police involved shooting of an unarmed black man proved to be something more. The outrage over the killing of Michael Brown served to mobilize not only residents of Ferguson’s black community, but the incident sparked massive protests and public demonstrations in both large and small communities across the country. The events of Ferguson forced white, middle class America to confront issue of racism and policing in communities of color. The documentary explores these issues through a diverse collection of voices sharing their experiences
  • Kenya: A Guidebook to Impunity 62m
    Lucy Hannan (Kenya, Netherlands)
    A film about a Kenyan presidential candidate and his running mate, both charged with crimes against humanity by International Criminal Court, succeed in cornering the 2013 general election in the country. It left the country deeply divided: was the election used to push back the charges and destroy the International Criminal Court? The film artfully deconstructs the election that had extraordinary consequences, and left thousands of victims without justice. Narrator Maina Kiai - Kenyan human rights defender and UN Special Rapporteur - uses his own on-the-ground experience as voter, observer and activist, to tell a gripping international story of power and impunity.
Afrinolly Space
Plot 5 Etal Avenue, Off Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Nigeria
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
  • The Fire Festival of Cuba (La Fiesta del Fuego) 49m
    Susanne Moss (Cuba, USA)
    The festival celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions including Santeria, Rastafari and Indigenous Indians. Visually stunning footage combined with animated and informative interviews guide you on an adventure discovering Cuba’s many cultures. The Fiesta concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil. The “fire” symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evils.
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
  • Trafficker 58m
    Anja Dalhoff (Nigeria, Spain, Denmark)
    The film is a kaleidoscopic image of how trafficking of women from Africa countries is practiced. A variety of these women victims speak openly about their experiences as sex slaves in Europe, their sufferings, their lives and their traffickers. They cover the issues concerning the identity of being a trafficked woman. They discuss about the causes as corruption, poverty, gender violence, lack of education and opportunities of any kind led these women to seek for answers to their hardships and suffering. The film also explores how Voodoo is ruthlessly used by traffickers to control and subdue their victims. Two of the trafficked women, who became traffickers themselves after having paid their debts in Europe, also share their experiences as victims and traffickers.
Sunday, March 27th, 2016
Kongi’s Harvest Gallery
1st Floor, Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
  • Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African 44m
    Nadia Sasso (USA, Sierra Leone)
    A documentary film that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. It is a multimedia intervention with a discussion on politics of identity with respect to immigrant populations and movements back and forth of the diaspora. The film explores 7 women’s histories with their bi-cultural identity, and looks into how these women wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.
2:05 PM – 2:35 PM
  • Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa 30m
    Seyi Adebanjo (Nigeria, USA)
    The documentary follows the journey of a Queer, gender Non-Conforming Nigerian returning home to connect with Orisa (African God/dess) tradition, and follow a trail back to the powerful legacy of a great grandmother, Chief Moloran Iya Oloya. The film vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity, woman’s power in indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. This personal and political journey is to locate the gender fluidity that is an important part of the Yorùbá inheritance. Gender dynamism supports a traditional legacy of power. While encountering obstacles of a national strike and anti-gay marriage legislation to find the roots of the practice, will the film maker be able to find affirmation for self as a person between genders/worlds and take on this inheritance?
Screening Room, Museum Hall
Freedom Park Lagos, Old Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
12:00 PM – 2:15 PM
  • Trafficker 58m
    Anja Dalhoff (Nigeria, Spain, Denmark)
    The film is a kaleidoscopic image of how trafficking of women from Africa countries is practiced. A variety of these women victims speak openly about their experiences as sex slaves in Europe, their sufferings, their lives and their traffickers. They cover the issues concerning the identity of being a trafficked woman. They discuss about the causes as corruption, poverty, gender violence, lack of education and opportunities of any kind led these women to seek for answers to their hardships and suffering. The film also explores how Voodoo is ruthlessly used by traffickers to control and subdue their victims. Two of the trafficked women, who became traffickers themselves after having paid their debts in Europe, also share their experiences as victims and traffickers.
  • Fatherland 71m
    Tarryn Crossman (South Africa)
    Fatherland is a coming-of-age documentary set in the remote South African Bush. It follows a group of Afrikaans boys over 9 days at a military-style camp in the spirit of their fathers before them. However, what starts out as basic military training, fitness and camaraderie soon intensifies as the true nature of the camp is revealed and the boys are forced to question their place in the 'New South Africa.’
Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
St. Louis University, One North Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103
Monday, April 4th, 2016
Busch Student Center 253D
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Ferguson Documented: in 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    The killing of 18 year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 5, 2014, made headline news across the world. It soon emerged that what appeared to be yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man was something more, as outrage over the killing not only mobilized Ferguson’s black community, but sparked massive protests and public demonstrations across the country. It forced white, middle-class America to confront the issue of racist policing in communities of color. These events are dramatized by a diverse collection of voices.
  • Township Lessons from the Cape of Good Hope 46m
    Michael Fischer (South Africa, Switzerland)
    This documentary tells the story of people living in the Cape Flats area outside of Cape Town, South Africa (what it is to be called informal settlements) 20 years after the end of Apartheid. How do township residents in slums cope with gangs related crime, unemployment and poverty in a country still very much struggling with racism, underdevelopment and inequality?
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Xavier Hall, Room 128
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Ferguson Documented: in 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    The killing of 18 year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 5, 2014, made headline news across the world. It soon emerged that what appeared to be yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man was something more, as outrage over the killing not only mobilized Ferguson’s black community, but sparked massive protests and public demonstrations across the country. It forced white, middle-class America to confront the issue of racist policing in communities of color. These events are dramatized by a diverse collection of voices.
Busch Student Center 253A
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Her Story: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation 37m
    Sally Nuamah (Ghana)
    A short film on the experiences of three girls from low income families in Ghana striving to become the first females in their families to go to college. Sally Nuamah returns to the homelands of her parents, Ghana to do a field research on the determinants of academic success for female students in urban Ghana today. In her research, she takes a rare look into the lives of young women who attend secondary school in Ghana and realizes that collectively there is an overarching story. By taking a brief look at the lives of these young women, the film maker helps us understand the spirituality, discipline and determination that gives these students the ability to surpass the obstacles presented by their present circumstances and be academically successful.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Beracha Hall, Room 212
2:10 PM - 3:20 PM
  • If Only I Were That Warrior 70m
    Valerio Ciriaci (Ethiopia, Italy, USA)
    A film about the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935 and its unresolved legacy today. Driving this investigation is the story of a recently constructed monument to Rodolfo Graziani, a Fascist general remembered for war crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Ethiopia, which sparked international protests and brought this this chapter of history back to the forefront of public discourse. The film addresses the unpunished war crimes Graziani and others committed in the name of Mussolini’s imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Busch Student Center 253B
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Ferguson Documented: in 36 Hours 15m
    Carla Usher (USA)
    The killing of 18 year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 5, 2014, made headline news across the world. It soon emerged that what appeared to be yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man was something more, as outrage over the killing not only mobilized Ferguson’s black community, but sparked massive protests and public demonstrations across the country. It forced white, middle-class America to confront the issue of racist policing in communities of color. These events are dramatized by a diverse collection of voices.