Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, is African Film Weekend. The theme is Africa: The Preservation of the Planet and its Cultures.
Films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business. The films will be presented by Dr. Frank Ukadike, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Communication with a joint appointment in the Program of Africa and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. His research interests focus on African and Third World cinemas, specifically, the history, theory, and practices of African cinema through an interdisciplinary approach that is simultaneously geo-political, socio-economical, and ideological. He is the author of several books about African cinema including Black African Cinema; Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers; African Cinema: Narratives, Perspectives and Poetics; and the edited volume, Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse.
Fri., Sept. 16, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Price of Love
Ethiopia, 2015, directed by Hermon Hailay
A relationship grows between Teddy, a cab driver, and Fere, a sex worker in Addis Ababa. When Teddy’s cab is stolen in retribution by Fere’s pimp, he finds love is costly and must come to grips with his past.
Sat., Sept. 17
South Africa, 2014, produced by Steven Markovits
This series of short films from directors in six cosmopolitan centers (Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi) explore the complexities of modern urban life and new traditions in fictional storytelling.
Ethiopia and Spain, 2015, directed by Miguel Llansó
Gagano, a junk collector living in a post-apocalyptic era, sets off on a hero’s quest, when a spaceship that has been hovering over Earth shows shows signs of activity. A surreal and quirky sci-fi romance featuring spectacular Ethiopian landscapes.
11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Nigeria, 2012, directed by Jeta Amaka
The members of a Niger Delta community wage a war against their corrupt government and an international oil corporation to save their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and frequent spills in this Nollywood/Hollywood drama with Vivica Fox, Anne Heche, and Wyclef Jean.
The Shore Break
South Africa, 2014, Ryley Grunenwald
Documenting the Pondo people of South Africa’s Wild Coast, director Ryley Grunenwald tells the story of a family at odds over the importance of local ecology and the lure of modernization through mining.