Friday, December 23, 2011

African Culture Fest - Jan 14-16!

From the Cincinnati Museum Center:

Travel the world with our annual culture fest celebrations, where you can sample food, music, arts and more from cultures around the world! Next up, African Culture Fest on January 14, 15 and 16. It's our largest, and only three-day culture fest in the Passport to the World Series. Don't miss it!
African Culture Fest
January 14, 15 & 16, 2012

Sample authentic goods and food from a bustling African marketplace, listen to skilled narrators tell their tales, watch exciting performances by African drummers and dancers. Activities reflect Africa’s diversity. You can even visit an African village featuring full-size huts and work on traditional African crafts. 

An African Film Festival will run throughout the Festival in our Newsreel Theater:
The First Grader - Kenya
Taking advantage of a 2002 Kenyan law that guaranteed free education for all, 84-year-old Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge, a veteran Mau Mau freedom fighter, shows up at his local one-room school, walking stick in hand. The sympathetic principal reluctantly turns him away, but Kimani returns the next day, and the day after that. Eventually, she allows him to stay and he ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds.
Aderra - Ethiopia/South Africa
A heart-wrenching story exploring an Ethiopian refugee’s struggle to survive in the city of Johannesburg. Life in South Africa is dangerous and earning money is difficult. Marlam quickly discovers that Johannesburg is not the promised city of gold.
Africa United - Rwanda
The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Using a sackload of ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), the pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream.
Anchor Baby - Nigeria
Married, undocumented couple Joyce and Paul Unanga have been ordered to leave the country by the U.S. immigration. They decide that they will leave, but only after Joyce, who is five months pregnant, delivers her baby in the U.S. to guarantee automatic U.S. citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order, the couple goes into hiding. But Paul is caught and deported leaving Joyce to fend for herself, struggling on her own to accomplish their dream.
Black Girl
Diouana, a young Senegalese woman, moves from Dakar, Senegal, to Antibes, France, to work for a rich French couple. In France, Diouana hopes to continue her former job as nanny, and looks forward to a cosmopolitan lifestyle. However, upon arrival in Antibes, the couple begins to treat Diouana more harshly and she is forced to work in the capacity of a servant.
Faat Kiné
Set in present-day Dakar, Senegal, Faat Kine provides a critical look at modern, post-colonial Senegal and the place of  women in that society. It gives a clear glimpse into the life of the Senegalese  middle-class and presents present-day Dakar in all of its contradictions of  poverty and wealth, tradition and modernity.

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