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The 9th annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival, sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies at the International Studies and Programs office, University of Missouri-St. Louis, MO will take place from Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. in St. Louis (63112). The international festival, which is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture of the people of Africa worldwide, in a Pan-African context through cinema, will features 15 films from 9 different countries, including South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, China and the USA during its official opening in St. Louis, MO. After the opening weekend in St. Louis, the festival will travels to different venues in US and around the world, including Philadelphia, Ghana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

This year, in our ninth season, of the 150+ films submitted for consideration, the festival have selected 36 excellent documentaries submitted by filmmakers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, Jordan, Liberia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uganda, and USA. Some of the major subjects covered in these selected documentary films are Art, Business, Crime & Violence, Culture, Education, Gender, History, Human trafficking, Immigration, Identity, Music & Dance, Traditional Religion, Personal biographies, Politics, Poverty, Race, Society, Sport, as well as Women issues.

The festival is free and open to the public. Middle and high school students from St. Louis area, including students from Pamoja Preparatory Academy (an African centered St. Louis Public School), Remington Traditional School (from Pattonville School District in St. Louis County), Grand Center Arts Academy (a confluence Charter School that focuses on dance, orchestra, band, visual arts, choir, and theater) and other schools are expected to attend the opening day of the festival on Friday, February 5, 2016. There will be discussions with some of the film makers and experts in the subject areas following the screening of the films. Bobby J. Brown, the director of “Tear the Roof Off:” The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic,” a film about the untold true story of the rise and fall of one of the greatest funk band ever, Parliament Funkadelic is one of those film makers who will be in town to lead a discussion and answer questions from the audiences following the screening of the film on Saturday, February 6, 2016. We are also pleased to welcome two original members of this great funk group and 1997 Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame inductees, Jerome ‘Big Foot’ Brailey and Billy ‘Bass’ Nelson, to the festival. They will also be present to answer questions from the audiences and share their experiences after the screening of the film. Last but not least, the festival is also happy to welcome Ror Akot, a young Australian based rapper from South Sudan who is the subject of the documentary “Ror,” to St. Louis, MO. He will be performing and sharing his experiences with members of the audience, especially our student audiences from various St. Louis schools, after the screening of the film on Friday, February 5, 2016.

For complete list of the documentary films that will be showing at the Missouri History Museum from February 5-7, 2016, please check the festival website at www.africaworldfilmfestival.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AfricaWorldDocumentaryFilmFestival. For additional information please contact the festival director, Dr. Niyi Coker or the festival Coordinator, Mr. Ephrem Andemariam at contact@africaworldfilmfestival.com or call 314 516 6977.

The E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival