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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  
  • Short Films
    Friday, July 19
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episodes features an eclectic selection of three short programs: the animated documentary black enuf, the story of a "queer oddball" on a quest for acceptance and self-love while exploring expanding ideas of black identity; Swimmin' Lesson, a poetic and moving tale of one young father's recollection of his son's fate during Hurricane Katrina; and Dressed Like Kings, an insightful look at the South African pageant where men compete in formal wear for the title of the "Best and Freshest" dresser.
  • An American Ascent
    Friday, July 26
    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.
  • Intore
    Friday, August 2
    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.
  • My Father's Land
    Friday, August 9
    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.
  • Black Out and Pangaea
    Friday, August 16
    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.
  • Omo Child: The River and the Bush
    Friday, August 23
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Filmed over a five year period, OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH tells the amazing true story of one man's journey to a remote Ethiopian tribe and his quest to end an ancient tradition and taboo that will save children's lives.


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  • While I Breathe, I Hope
    Friday, July 12
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The film follows the against-all-odds 2014 campaign of Bakari Sellers, a young, black Democrat running for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.
  • The Faces We Lost
    Friday, July 5
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This moving documentary introduces nine Rwandans and chronicles their efforts to use photographs to help keep alive memories of loved ones lost during the 1994 genocide.
  • Mama Colonel
    Friday, June 28
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the program follows Honorine Munyole, known as Mama Colonel, as she leads a special police force charged with addressing violence against children and women in a country struggling to heal the wounds of war.
  • Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!
    Friday, June 21
    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.
  • 10 Days In Africa: A Home Movie
    Friday, June 14
    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.
  • Between Two Shores
    Friday, June 7
    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.