Birth of Afrobeat
Opiyo Okeyo, USA, 2017, 7min. English
In September 2017, Tony Allen, a 77-year-old drummer from Nigeria was invited to record the album "What Goes Up" with the American band, Chicago Afrobeat Project. In this hybrid live-action/animated film, Allen recounts how he and his partner, the late music legend, Fela Kuti, created the Afrobeat genre in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Mr. Gele: The Man. The Story. The Craft
Gladys Edeh, USA, 2016, 14min. English
Mr. Gele focuses on the man, the story and the craft of the celebrated Houston-based Nigerian Gele (African headwear) artist, Mr. Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye popularly known as Mr. Segun Gele. Segun Gele is a self-taught creative who has been able to use his skills as a Gele designer and makeup artist to beautify women around the world. He plays a key role in the Nigerian fashion community and beyond. In never-before seen footage, this documentary captures a glimpse of his life as a husband, father, son and businessman and shines some light into the intrigue that surrounds him as a personality
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Yoni Brook, Musa Syeed
United States, Ghana 2008 38 min
Teenagers and parents. After living in the Bronx and graduating from high school, Rocky gets sent to Ghana, where her father is the village chief. What begins as a carefree stay in her father's palace turns into a lesson in social tolerance. Tottering between two cultures, Rocky notices that her liberal assertiveness meets with very little understanding in the hierarchical world of her father, who has no patience for her spoiled princess behavior. When she grouchily expresses the desire to go home, the counter-question becomes "where is home?"
France/Burkina Faso, 2017, 82min Dioula and French with English subtitles
Berni Goldblat, Director
Thirteen-year-old Ady no longer listens to his father, who is raising Ady on his own in France. Running out of resources, Ady’s father decides to entrust Ady to his Uncle Amadou for the summer. Amadou and his family live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, in Burkina Faso. Things are quite different there, however, as boys of Ady’s age are expected to already become men. Ady must learn these lessons as he comes to understand the world.
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