2010 Festival Schedule

 

Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Boulevard (in Forest Park)
St. Louis, Missouri 63112
314-746-4599
http://www.mohistory.org
Thursday, February 4th 2010
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Why Us? Left Behind and Dying 85m
    Claudia Pryor (USA)
    A story of a small group of inner-city African-American teenagers exploring the social, cultural, and scientific reasons why HIV rates are disproportionately high in black America and Africa. They explore the connection between HIV and secrecy, gender inequality, and homophobia in the black community. They also find out how prison incarceration, racism, and poverty help the virus flourish in their world.
  • One with the One 9m
    Carlo De Rosa (USA)
    A short documentary on creation of peace through the empowerment of children.
  • Music by Prudence 33m
    Roger Ross Williams (USA, Zimbabwe)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fahrenheit 2010 64m
    Craig Tanner (Austalia, South Africa)
    In June 2010, the largest international television audience to ever follow a single event will be watching the football World Cup in South Africa but questions are being asked about what will happen after the trophy is lifted - in particular, who actually stands to benefit from the diversion of millions of dollars to build 21st century sports arenas in a country in which, 15 years after throwing off apartheid's yoke, millions live in shacks. International heavyweights like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, construction workers, politicians and sports celebrities wade into the debate. Fahrenheit 2010 exposes the real concerns of ordinary South Africans.
  • The Cutting Tradition 47m
    John Howarth, Nancy Durrell McKenna, Narrated by Meryl Streep (United Kingdom)
    A moving and sensitive documentary discussing the complex social, religious, cultural and economic issues that underpin the ongoing practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The film deliberately raises questions that are critical in understanding why FGM continues to be very common to this day in both rich and poor communities, despite being illegal in many countries of origin.
Friday, February 5th 2010
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Grandmother to Grandmother: New York to Tanzania 60m
    John Ankele (USA)
    The film introduces two projects, one in the South Bronx and one in Tanzania, in which grandmothers are stepping in to raise their grandchildren who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, drugs, and violence. When some grandmothers and their grandchildren from the Bronx travel to Africa to meet their Tanzanian counterparts, there is instant recognition and a clear sense that 'sisterhood is powerful.'
  • When Cotton Blossoms 30m
    Scott Magie (USA)
    Exactly 100 years ago, carrying only a Bible, a few textbooks, his diploma, and $1.65, Laurence Jones succeeded in creating a school to educate the sons and daughters of impoverished sharecroppers: The Piney Woods Country Life School, in rural Mississippi
  • Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ile Aiye 20m
    Carolina Moraes-Liu (USA)
    This is the story of three young women competing for the title of Ebony Goddess, in the largest black city outside Africa, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • A Family Divided 52m
    John Swindells ()
    An exiled Sierra Leonean journalist and political prisoner, returns to her former refugee camp in Ghana in an attempt to reconcile her past, re-unite her family and help those still trapped in the camp.
  • Hidden Truth 10m
    Bahareh Hosseini, Abibata Mahama, Abigail Kaindu, Mwlewa Kamanda (United Kingdom)
    A candid and intimate portrayal of the effects of domestic violence on women and children in Samfya, a remote town in Northern Zambia.
  • All that a Woman Can Do 16m
    Eve Symington (USA)
    The film tells the stories of women artists working and thriving in Dakar, Senegal. These women artists also discuss how they balance life and art, as well as their relationship with religion and feminism. Through their experiences and insights, these women open the door for the West to deepen its understanding of women, family, and career in Africa.
  • Forest of Crocodiles 52m
    Mark Aitken (United Kingdom)
    What choices do white South Africans make when addressing their fears of crime, violence and black people? Some are well resourced while others are ingeniously resourceful. The consequences are regression and isolation or freedom from fear. Like crocodiles, these people have been left to evolve according to their own laws.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Harlems Mart 125: The American Dream 65m
    Rachelle Gardner (USA)
    A documentary about the epic struggle and complexities surrounding the redevelopment of Harlem, especially Harlem's main commercial sector. This film takes its viewers on a historical journey that depicts the economic transition of 125th street from the late 1960's to present day. This is a story that takes an introspective look at the changing face of the most well known African-American neighborhood and examines a complexity of issues that surround this community in peril!
  • Shades of the Border 12m
    Patrick William Smith (Dominican Republic, Haiti, USA)
    Located on the same small island divided by class, wealth, and skin color, Haiti and the Dominican Republic face heated immigration issues. This film explores the disconnect between the Dominican media and the reality of violence and racism against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
  • The Golden Side of the Tracks 32m
    David Weintraub (USA)
    The film explores the history and the efforts to gentrify what remains today of Overtown, Miami, referred as the Harlem of the South. Despite facing difficult financial and racial circumstances Overtown rose to become a bustling African-American community until the interstate expressway was built through the heart of the community in the 1960s, uprooting tens of thousands.
  • Marti and I 8m
    Juan Carlos Zaldivar (Cuba, USA)
    Jose Marti is the greatest literary and political figure that Cuba has ever produced. This short documentary film reclaims Marti from a mythical, patriarchal grave by hinting at the less publicized associations and facts about Marti's life: his "brotherly" love for his best friend, with whom he lived for five years in exile. Marti and I" gives us an important reinterpretation of Cuba's most famous political and literary icon in order to rescue the man behind it.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Calling my Children 36m
    David Binder (USA)
    With HIV/AIDS as a subtext for this family's story, the film explores the challenges of single parenthood and family unity, revealing preconceptions about race, class, and infection. Through narrative, photographs, and the dying mother's profoundly moving letters, the film is a father's attempt to heal his family by invoking the love and memories of this courageous wife and mother.
  • The Athlete 90m
    Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew (Ethiopia, Germany, USA)
    The remarkable and true life story of the great Ethiopian Olympic marathon runner, Abebe Bikila. The film is an extraordinary narrative feature that seamlessly blends autobiography, biopic, drama and documentary. It investigates the inner workings of a man who is ceaseless and single-minded in his journey for greatness.
Saturday, February 6th 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Freddy Illanga: Ches Swahili Translator 20m
    Katrin Hansing (USA)
    The film looks at the unusual life story as a Congolese rebel youth, his time and relationship with Che Guevara and his long awaited re-encounter with his family. It is a film about an African man whose life has predominantly been determined by the power struggles of the Cold War and Cuban Revolution and who is now trying to take his destiny back into his own hands.
  • A Linc in Time 48m
    Nicole Brooks (Canada)
    A documentary that celebrates and chronicles the life of the Hon. Lincoln Alexander - a Canadian black man who in the time of the turbulent 60s became the first black man to achieving one of the highest position in the Canadian government. This is the first time his story has been told - in his own words.
  • Cellular Wisdom 54m
    Lisa Brody (Cameroon, Venezuela)
    In the Clinic of Hope a revolutionary vaccine called Vanhivax is being used to treat patients with HIV/AIDS. Today there is documented evidence of 25 sero-conversions (HIV+ to HIV-). If this treatment is so effective, why haven't we heard about it? 'Cellular Wisdom' tell us why.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Solidarity in Saya: an Afro-Bolivian Music Movement 30m
    Maya Jensen (USA)
    This documentary examines the traditional Afro-Bolivian, who has remained isolated in rural poverty as subsistence farmers since the abolition of slavery, and their recent movement that uses their Saya music to pursue their social and political needs.
  • Rwanda: Hope Rises 65m
    Trevor Meier (Canada)
    Amidst growing Hutu-Tutsi tension in Rwanda, a couple meets and falls in love. During the 1994 genocide, Nicholas, a Hutu, managed to protect his wife Elsie - a Tutsi - from the murderous Hutu militias. Elsie assumes a false identity, and the two begin a dangerous journey to flee the country. When they finally cross into neighboring Congo, they discover their journey has only just begun. The film is about the story of a couple's struggle to survive the Rwandan genocide and their journey toward restoration healing in the years after their narrow escape.
  • Voices of Witness Africa 30m
    Cynthia Black (USA)
    Religious authorities in Africa have claimed that there are no gay or lesbian people in their country. This film features the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans who strive to be faithful to their church and their sexuality.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Neshoba 90m
    Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano (USA)
    The story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, Mississippi Burning.
  • Dont Lose Hope 60m
    David Gobert (France)
    A docu-drama on the African myth on immigration as lived by African themselves. The problems of immigration and integration, be they physical or cultural, constitute the backdrop of the film. It explores the position of the African woman in France, wedged between modernity and traditions. The film casts an eye on an Africa divided between its vision of the Europe and its attachment to some little accepted customs in the western world such as: black magic, polygamy and the relationship between men and women as they are traditionally lived in Africa.
Sunday, February 7th 2010
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Yokes and Chains 90m
    Michael Lienau (USA)
    International, multi-racial teams journey together to discover how the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade has impacted society right up to the present time. Doing what few have dared to do . . . they confront racism and the horrific legacy of slavery, inspiring dialogue, reconciliation and hope for future generations.
  • Shosholoza Express 60m
    Beatrice Mller (Germany)
    Everyone is equal in the new South Africa: black and white, Indian and Colored. On a train ride aboard the Shosholoza Express, they encounter the rifts in their biographies. 17 years after the end of Apartheid, nothing is the same, but neither is anything the way it should be.
The E.B.C.C.I Cinemateque
University of the West Indies
Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination
Cavehill, Barbados
Cinemateque Phone 417-4780 or 417-4776/77/96/97
Thursday, February 18th 2010
Session 1: South Africa, 2010 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Streetball 78m
    WrenDemetri (South Africa, USA)
    A fast paced documentary that tells the stories of South Africas 2008 Homeless World Cup team. The Homeless World Cup is an annual soccer tournament that draws teams from over 56 countriescomprised entirely of street people. The Squad consists of ex-convicts, former gangsters, orphans and recovering drug addicts that band together to represent their country, proving that no one is beyond redemption. It is a story of hope and of the resilience that dwells within the human spirit.
Session 2: Women Like Us - Part 1 7:40 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ile Aiye 20m
    Carolina Moraes-Liu (USA)
    This is the story of three young women competing for the title of Ebony Goddess, in the largest black city outside Africa, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
  • All that a Woman Can Do 16m
    Eve Symington (USA)
    The film tells the stories of women artists working and thriving in Dakar, Senegal. These women artists also discuss how they balance life and art, as well as their relationship with religion and feminism. Through their experiences and insights, these women open the door for the West to deepen its understanding of women, family, and career in Africa.
  • Grandmother to Grandmother: New York to Tanzania 60m
    John Ankele (USA)
    The film introduces two projects, one in the South Bronx and one in Tanzania, in which grandmothers are stepping in to raise their grandchildren who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, drugs, and violence. When some grandmothers and their grandchildren from the Bronx travel to Africa to meet their Tanzanian counterparts, there is instant recognition and a clear sense that 'sisterhood is powerful.'
  • Music by Prudence 33m
    Roger Ross Williams (USA, Zimbabwe)
Friday, February 19th 2010
Session 3: Home, Exile, and Return 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Freddy Illanga: Ches Swahili Translator 20m
    Katrin Hansing (USA)
    The film looks at the unusual life story as a Congolese rebel youth, his time and relationship with Che Guevara and his long awaited re-encounter with his family. It is a film about an African man whose life has predominantly been determined by the power struggles of the Cold War and Cuban Revolution and who is now trying to take his destiny back into his own hands.
  • Long Distance 28m
    Moritz Siebert (USA)
    Abiyot is one of several African long distance runners trying to make a living and career in the US. Once, he was a promising member of the Ethiopian national team, but two years ago he left his country to start a new life. Weekend after weekend, he races with fellow African athletes in road races, competing over a few hundred dollars of prize money.
Session 4: home, Exile, and Return 7:05 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Who's Afraid of Ngugi 85m
    Manthia Diawara (USA)
    Kenyan writer Ngugi fled Kenya and went into exile in the United States after imprisonment. After more than 25 years in exile, he returns to a hero's welcome. But the same dark vindictive forces that caused him to flee in the first place are still at work. In a surprising twist, his wife, Njeeri, becomes a heroine for speaking out on a taboo subject.
  • Senator Obama Goes to Africa 53m
    Bob Hercules (USA, South Africa)
    Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely film follows Senator Barack Obama as he travels to Africa, the land of his ancestry.
Saturday, February 20th 2010
Session 5: Speaking Sexualities 2:00 PM - 3:05 PM
  • Taboo Yardies 19m
    Selena Blake (USA, Jamaica)
    A look at homophobia in Jamaica. This film explores the prevalence of homophobia in he Jamaican community, along with the violence and acts of murder that accompany this phobia.
  • Marti and I 8m
    Juan Carlos Zaldivar (Cuba, USA)
    Jose Marti is the greatest literary and political figure that Cuba has ever produced. This short documentary film reclaims Marti from a mythical, patriarchal grave by hinting at the less publicized associations and facts about Marti's life: his "brotherly" love for his best friend, with whom he lived for five years in exile. Marti and I" gives us an important reinterpretation of Cuba's most famous political and literary icon in order to rescue the man behind it.
  • Voices of Witness Africa 30m
    Cynthia Black (USA)
    Religious authorities in Africa have claimed that there are no gay or lesbian people in their country. This film features the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans who strive to be faithful to their church and their sexuality.
Session 6: Identity and Place 1 3:10 PM - 5:50 PM
  • Shades of the Border 12m
    Patrick William Smith (Dominican Republic, Haiti, USA)
    Located on the same small island divided by class, wealth, and skin color, Haiti and the Dominican Republic face heated immigration issues. This film explores the disconnect between the Dominican media and the reality of violence and racism against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
  • Shosholoza Express 60m
    Beatrice Mller (Germany)
    Everyone is equal in the new South Africa: black and white, Indian and Colored. On a train ride aboard the Shosholoza Express, they encounter the rifts in their biographies. 17 years after the end of Apartheid, nothing is the same, but neither is anything the way it should be.
  • Sugar Pathways 70m
    Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz, Lauren Velez (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands)
    The film captures the decade-long and forced migration of Puerto Rican families from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to the US Virgin Islands. The film recounts their will to survive, integrate and contribute to the culture, economy and politics of the islands through personal interviews, archival footage and historic documentation.
Session 7: Identity and Place 2 6:00 PM - 7:55 PM
  • The Golden Side of the Tracks 32m
    David Weintraub (USA)
    The film explores the history and the efforts to gentrify what remains today of Overtown, Miami, referred as the Harlem of the South. Despite facing difficult financial and racial circumstances Overtown rose to become a bustling African-American community until the interstate expressway was built through the heart of the community in the 1960s, uprooting tens of thousands.
  • I'm not Black, I'm Coloured - Identity Crisis at the Cape of Good Hope 78m
    Kiersten Chace (USA, South Africa)
    In the wake of one of the greatest failed social experiments in the history of mankind, 'I'm not Black, I'm Colored' is the first documentary film to look at the legacy of Apartheid from the viewpoint of the Cape Colored.
Session 8: Identity and Place 3 8:05 PM - 10:00 PM
  • My White Baby (Me Broni Ba) 22m
    Akosua Adorna Owusu (USA, Ghana)
    A lyrical portrait of hair salons in Ghana and the tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa, evoked through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the west.
  • Conakry Kas 82m
    Manthia Diawara (USA, Guinea)
    An personal enquiry into the changes in an African city by someone who grew up there. He asks how Conakry, capital of Guinea, was affected by the legacy of its first President, Sekou Toure, what changes globalization has brought and how people are dealing with them. Actor Danny Glover, a friend of the film-maker, comes to join him.
Sunday, February 21st 2010
Session 9: Women Like Us - Part 2 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mrs. Goudu's Daughter 60m
    Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater (Mali, USA)
    The story of a West African mother's fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her two-year old daughter from female genital cutting. Shot in Philadelphia and Mali, the film explores the African tradition of female genital cutting from an African perspective, as well as the intricacies and frustrations of the asylum process.
  • Africa is a Woman's Name 52m
    Wanjiru Kinyanjui, Briddget Pickering, Ingrid Sinclair (Spain, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
    Female power embodied in lives of three remarkable African women from different social levels and origins (a Kenyan attorney and reputed lawyer, the committed school principal of a remote South African village and a Zimbabwean housewife-entrepreneur), determined to bring about radical transformations in their day-to-day realities.
  • Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy 50m
    Renee Bergan (Haiti, USA)
    Narrated by Haitian writer, Edwidge Danticat. Told through the lives of five compelling Haitian women, Poto Mitan gives an inside perspective on globalization, Haiti's current crisis, and the resilient women challenging this system.
Session 10: Hope Rising - Part 1 6:10 PM - 7:20 PM
  • Rwanda: Hope Rises 65m
    Trevor Meier (Canada)
    Amidst growing Hutu-Tutsi tension in Rwanda, a couple meets and falls in love. During the 1994 genocide, Nicholas, a Hutu, managed to protect his wife Elsie - a Tutsi - from the murderous Hutu militias. Elsie assumes a false identity, and the two begin a dangerous journey to flee the country. When they finally cross into neighboring Congo, they discover their journey has only just begun. The film is about the story of a couple's struggle to survive the Rwandan genocide and their journey toward restoration healing in the years after their narrow escape.
Session 11: Hope Rising - Finale 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Return to the Land of Souls 70m
    Jordi Esteva (Cote d'ivoire, Spain)
    In the 21 st century many ancestral beliefs are struggling to survive in a hostile, fast-changing world. This creative documentary, told from the perspective of a city-dweller who goes back to his village in search of spiritual wisdom, shows how contemporary African society coexists with animistic rites in Ivory Coast.
  • Rhythmic Uprising 60m
    Benjamin Watkins (Brazil, USA)
    A documentary that shows how vibrant Afro-Brazilian performing arts are used to fight racism, social exclusion, and poverty in Bahia, Brazil.
The Tradewinds Auditorium
Bermuda International Film Festival Hamilton, Burmuda
Friday, March 19th 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Streetball 78m
    WrenDemetri (South Africa, USA)
    A fast paced documentary that tells the stories of South Africas 2008 Homeless World Cup team. The Homeless World Cup is an annual soccer tournament that draws teams from over 56 countriescomprised entirely of street people. The Squad consists of ex-convicts, former gangsters, orphans and recovering drug addicts that band together to represent their country, proving that no one is beyond redemption. It is a story of hope and of the resilience that dwells within the human spirit.
  • Chasing Keino 28m
    Ed Vaughen (USA)
    The film follows the lives of four Kenyan runners training in the US to complete in US marathons so that the monies won through racing may be repatriated to Kenya to improve not only the runners' lives but also the lives of others in their culture.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • The Reluctant Traveler 70m
    Marco Orsini (USA, Ethiopia)
    It wasn't his trip, it wasn't his itinerary, they weren't his friends, but now it's his obligation, his experience and his movie." The film is a journey of an individual out of his comfort zone into the unfamiliar territory. Where White Mischief meets Sherman's March, the film maker encounters the extraordinary people, history and architecture of the world's oldest country and discovers the extraordinary challenges of group-travel, cultural difference and total communication deprivation
  • A Family Divided 52m
    John Swindells ()
    An exiled Sierra Leonean journalist and political prisoner, returns to her former refugee camp in Ghana in an attempt to reconcile her past, re-unite her family and help those still trapped in the camp.
Saturday, March 20th 2010
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
  • The Road to Nkunda 83m
    Douglas Busby (USA, DR Congo)
    In a region where war has raged for many years and almost no news ever comes out of the region, the filmmakers find themselves on an unpredictable quest for an answer. What are the rebels in eastern DR Congo fighting for? There is no handbook to prepare them for what they are about to experience as they push forward towards the ultimate prize, the rebel leader General Nkunda himself. After unsuccessful negotiations with the United Nations and the Congolese Army, they forge ahead, without permission, to find the elusive Rebel General.
  • My White Baby (Me Broni Ba) 22m
    Akosua Adorna Owusu (USA, Ghana)
    A lyrical portrait of hair salons in Ghana and the tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa, evoked through images of women practicing hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the west.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Return to the Land of Souls 70m
    Jordi Esteva (Cote d'ivoire, Spain)
    In the 21 st century many ancestral beliefs are struggling to survive in a hostile, fast-changing world. This creative documentary, told from the perspective of a city-dweller who goes back to his village in search of spiritual wisdom, shows how contemporary African society coexists with animistic rites in Ivory Coast.
  • Taboo Yardies 19m
    Selena Blake (USA, Jamaica)
    A look at homophobia in Jamaica. This film explores the prevalence of homophobia in he Jamaican community, along with the violence and acts of murder that accompany this phobia.
9:15 PM - 11:15 PM
  • Dont Lose Hope 60m
    David Gobert (France)
    A docu-drama on the African myth on immigration as lived by African themselves. The problems of immigration and integration, be they physical or cultural, constitute the backdrop of the film. It explores the position of the African woman in France, wedged between modernity and traditions. The film casts an eye on an Africa divided between its vision of the Europe and its attachment to some little accepted customs in the western world such as: black magic, polygamy and the relationship between men and women as they are traditionally lived in Africa.
  • Cellular Wisdom 54m
    Lisa Brody (Cameroon, Venezuela)
    In the Clinic of Hope a revolutionary vaccine called Vanhivax is being used to treat patients with HIV/AIDS. Today there is documented evidence of 25 sero-conversions (HIV+ to HIV-). If this treatment is so effective, why haven't we heard about it? 'Cellular Wisdom' tell us why.
Sunday, March 21st 2010
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Sugar Pathways 70m
    Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz, Lauren Velez (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands)
    The film captures the decade-long and forced migration of Puerto Rican families from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to the US Virgin Islands. The film recounts their will to survive, integrate and contribute to the culture, economy and politics of the islands through personal interviews, archival footage and historic documentation.
  • Man of the Soil 7m
    Pierre Deschamps (Dominica)
    Juxtaposed to the hustle and bustle of city life on the diminutive Caribbean island of Dominica, Jerry Maka West works his garden in the island's lush interior, his Zion, growing and preparing his food just as his grandparents once taught him.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • I'm not Black, I'm Coloured - Identity Crisis at the Cape of Good Hope 78m
    Kiersten Chace (USA, South Africa)
    In the wake of one of the greatest failed social experiments in the history of mankind, 'I'm not Black, I'm Colored' is the first documentary film to look at the legacy of Apartheid from the viewpoint of the Cape Colored.
  • Long Distance 28m
    Moritz Siebert (USA)
    Abiyot is one of several African long distance runners trying to make a living and career in the US. Once, he was a promising member of the Ethiopian national team, but two years ago he left his country to start a new life. Weekend after weekend, he races with fellow African athletes in road races, competing over a few hundred dollars of prize money.
9:15 PM - 11:15 PM
  • Mrs. Goudu's Daughter 60m
    Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater (Mali, USA)
    The story of a West African mother's fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her two-year old daughter from female genital cutting. Shot in Philadelphia and Mali, the film explores the African tradition of female genital cutting from an African perspective, as well as the intricacies and frustrations of the asylum process.
  • Freddy Illanga: Ches Swahili Translator 20m
    Katrin Hansing (USA)
    The film looks at the unusual life story as a Congolese rebel youth, his time and relationship with Che Guevara and his long awaited re-encounter with his family. It is a film about an African man whose life has predominantly been determined by the power struggles of the Cold War and Cuban Revolution and who is now trying to take his destiny back into his own hands.
Monday, March 22nd 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Migration of Beauty 70m
    Chris Flaherty (USA, Ethiopia)
    After the rigged election in Ethiopia in 2005, Ethiopians in the U.S. react by using their U.S. citizenship to impose foreign aid restrictions against their native country. The film shows how citizenship in the U.S. can lead to political empowerment when immigrants engage the political system in their host country.
  • Forgotten Freedom Fighters 45m
    Lisa Henry, Shareen Anderson (South Africa)
    In 1991, the ANC suspended their armed struggle against the Apartheid government in South Africa. In 2009, the majority of former combatants are unemployed and still waiting for compensation promised to them. The film looks into the lives of a group of former combatants living in the Johannesburg township of Alexandra who have given up waiting and have decided to do something for themselves.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Africa is a Woman's Name 52m
    Wanjiru Kinyanjui, Briddget Pickering, Ingrid Sinclair (Spain, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
    Female power embodied in lives of three remarkable African women from different social levels and origins (a Kenyan attorney and reputed lawyer, the committed school principal of a remote South African village and a Zimbabwean housewife-entrepreneur), determined to bring about radical transformations in their day-to-day realities.
  • Inside Buffalo 60m
    Fred 'Kudjo' Kuwornu (USA)
    The story of the 92nd Buffalo division, the all African-American segregated combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during the Second World War. After the war ended, those who fought and survived found that their contribution went unnoticed upon their return to the US.
Tuesday, March 23rd 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader 55m
    Robert Yuhas (USA)
    The film presents a close-up, never-seen perspective of Barack Obama. Starting with his early days as a Chicago organizer in the 1980's, the documentary offers new details about how he evolved as a leader and individual.
  • Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy 50m
    Renee Bergan (Haiti, USA)
    Narrated by Haitian writer, Edwidge Danticat. Told through the lives of five compelling Haitian women, Poto Mitan gives an inside perspective on globalization, Haiti's current crisis, and the resilient women challenging this system.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Flags, Feathers, and Lies 80m
    Pablo Palacios (USA)
    A provocative look at the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans - in all their rich, resplendent, and rhythmic glory - and how they and the community they love have survived the twin disasters of Hurricane Katrina and government neglect. The culture of the lower 9th ward comes from a heritage that merges African and Native American traditions and has combined celebration with solidarity.
  • Solidarity in Saya: an Afro-Bolivian Music Movement 30m
    Maya Jensen (USA)
    This documentary examines the traditional Afro-Bolivian, who has remained isolated in rural poverty as subsistence farmers since the abolition of slavery, and their recent movement that uses their Saya music to pursue their social and political needs.
Wednesday, March 24th 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Sugar Pathways 70m
    Johanna Bermudez-Ruiz, Lauren Velez (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands)
    The film captures the decade-long and forced migration of Puerto Rican families from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to the US Virgin Islands. The film recounts their will to survive, integrate and contribute to the culture, economy and politics of the islands through personal interviews, archival footage and historic documentation.
  • A Linc in Time 48m
    Nicole Brooks (Canada)
    A documentary that celebrates and chronicles the life of the Hon. Lincoln Alexander - a Canadian black man who in the time of the turbulent 60s became the first black man to achieving one of the highest position in the Canadian government. This is the first time his story has been told - in his own words.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Rwanda: Hope Rises 65m
    Trevor Meier (Canada)
    Amidst growing Hutu-Tutsi tension in Rwanda, a couple meets and falls in love. During the 1994 genocide, Nicholas, a Hutu, managed to protect his wife Elsie - a Tutsi - from the murderous Hutu militias. Elsie assumes a false identity, and the two begin a dangerous journey to flee the country. When they finally cross into neighboring Congo, they discover their journey has only just begun. The film is about the story of a couple's struggle to survive the Rwandan genocide and their journey toward restoration healing in the years after their narrow escape.
  • Calling my Children 36m
    David Binder (USA)
    With HIV/AIDS as a subtext for this family's story, the film explores the challenges of single parenthood and family unity, revealing preconceptions about race, class, and infection. Through narrative, photographs, and the dying mother's profoundly moving letters, the film is a father's attempt to heal his family by invoking the love and memories of this courageous wife and mother.
  • Shades of the Border 12m
    Patrick William Smith (Dominican Republic, Haiti, USA)
    Located on the same small island divided by class, wealth, and skin color, Haiti and the Dominican Republic face heated immigration issues. This film explores the disconnect between the Dominican media and the reality of violence and racism against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
Thursday, March 25th 2010
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Rhythmic Uprising 60m
    Benjamin Watkins (Brazil, USA)
    A documentary that shows how vibrant Afro-Brazilian performing arts are used to fight racism, social exclusion, and poverty in Bahia, Brazil.
  • Senator Obama Goes to Africa 53m
    Bob Hercules (USA, South Africa)
    Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely film follows Senator Barack Obama as he travels to Africa, the land of his ancestry.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Neshoba 90m
    Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano (USA)
    The story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, Mississippi Burning.
  • Curse of Black Gold 8m
    Julie Winokur (USA, Nigeria)
    Fifty years ago oil was discovered in the Niger Delta. Although millions of dollars in 'black gold' are pumped out of the ground every day, the average Niger Deltan lives on just one dollar a day. Plagued by environmental degradation and community conflict, 'Curse of the Black Gold' gives voice to local activists and officials, poets and militants who confront the enormous cost of oil exploitation in Nigeria.