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AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE, the innovative documentary series on contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Four films introduce powerful stories: African boxers journey across the Atlantic to match their skills against the best in the world; a teenage girl travels to Ghana and an expatriate from Sierra Leone returns to his homeland, each hoping to dispel prevailing myths about the two countries; and, Hurricane Katrina victims find themselves refugees in their own country.

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange  
  • Black Out and Pangaea
    Friday, October 25
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    BLACK OUT follows the nightly pilgrimage during exam season of hundreds of school children in Conakry, Guinea who walk to the airport, petrol stations and wealthy parts of the city, searching for light to study. The documentary tells the story of these children's inspiring struggle for education in the face of the country's own fight for change. PANGAEA is a short dramatic film that tells the story of a young girl, trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The film aims to comment on the lives of the children whose lives were drastically changed by the aftermath of the hurricane and the flooding that followed it, as well as on the role of those who experienced the events on television from the safety of their own living rooms. Pangaea was shot by a group of Northwestern University students over the course of a week in New Orleans, LA.
  • Black Panther Woman
    Friday, November 1
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Inspired by their stylish African American brothers, the genesis of the Australian Black Panther's Brisbane chapter is recounted through the eyes of Marlene Cummins, who looks back on the best and worst experiences of this controversial Aboriginal group in 1971. Marlene fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party, and with the break-up of that relationship, she spiraled into a cycle of addiction that left her on the streets and vulnerable. Forty years later, Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New York. The journey takes her back in time. Still struggling with addiction, she reveals the secrets she has held onto to face her demons today.
  • He Who Dances On Wood, Kojo and Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt
    Friday, November 8
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    One man's search for joy has culminated in a constant experience of rhythm in the world around him in HE WHO DANCES ON WOOD. KOJO is a short documentary on gifted 12-year-old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. In this candid interview, Kojo reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of jazz music, learning from his mentor and father, jazz saxophonist Antoine Roney, and much more. Kojo's charisma, sensibility and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills. LONNIE HOLLEY: THE TRUTH OF THE DIRT is an intimate documentary portrait of the self-taught African American visual artist and musical performer.
  • Between Two Shores
    Friday, November 15
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This moving documentary tells the story of two mothers' struggles through the immigration bureaucracy of two countries to unite their children born on two different islands, Guadeloupe and the Dominican Republic.
  • 10 Days In Africa: A Home Movie
    Friday, November 22
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In a textured narrative style, African-American filmmaker Regi Allen makes a sojourn to three West African countries - Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal - to separate truth from myth about the differences between black identity in Africa from black identity in the Diaspora. Allen raises as many questions as answers, often pointing the critical lens at himself. This episode is paired with a retrospective of 10 years of AFROPOP featuring interviews with past season hosts.
  • Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!
    Friday, November 29
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Using archival performance footage and interviews with those who knew her best, and with Makeba herself, the documentary examines the life of the iconic South African singer and activist.

 

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  • My Father's Land
    Friday, October 18
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    MY FATHER'S LAND tells the story of Papa Jah, a Haitian gardener and bush medicine man living in the Bahamas and his journey back home to reunite with his 103-year-old father before he passes, and the larger story of Haitian immigrants who are living precarious lives in both the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
  • Intore
    Friday, October 11
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    INTORE offers a powerful and rare look at how Rwanda survived its tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation.
  • An American Ascent
    Friday, October 4
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    AN AMERICAN ASCENT documents the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak), while shedding light on the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors.