About the 2019 Series
The annual Africana Film Series is curated by ACPHS Associate Professor of Africana Studies Kevin Hickey. In 2019, the Series celebrates its 15th year with three films centered on the theme “Africans in Europe - Our Human Migrations.”
Human migrations challenge the values that communities use to define themselves and others. In our increasingly displaced and crowded world, how communities respond to perceived differences - both the differences of those who immigrate into communities and the differences that evolve within communities - will significantly define our future world.
This year’s films will be shown on February 5, 19, and 26. All films will begin at 7:00 pm and will be shown in Room 201 of the Gozzo Student Center. Each showing includes food, drink, a write-up on each film, and post-film discussion.
The entire series is free and open to the public. Scroll down the page to read descriptions of this year's films.
Foreign Body (2016)
Tunisian film director and script writer Raja Amari brings together Hiam Abbass (Steven Spielberg’s "Munich" and Eran Riklis’s "Lemon Tree") with Salim Kechiouche ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") and rising Tunisian newcomer Sarra Hannachi in this study of the effects of nation, class, religion, gender, sexuality, and displacement on the shifting identities of North Africans. (Time: 92 minutes)
Four Years: Crossing Africa by Bike
At the conclusion of the evening's first film, Associate Professor and Film Series Host Kevin Hickey will show an image-film with soundtrack documenting his four-year bike trip through 24 countries of Africa. This travel film will be followed by a question-and-answer period about the experience. (Time: 35 minutes)
The Citizen (2016)
Called “devastatingly good” by The Village Voice, "The Citizen" - similar to "Foreign Body" from Week One - uses a triangle of relationships to show the inadequate simplicity of most accounts of immigrants’ lives. The film stitches Africa (Guinea-Bissau) and the Middle East (Iran) into the cloth of a Europe (Hungary) where some see immigrants as “adding to” and others see them as “taking from.”
In the characters’ faces we see the struggles, doubts, joys, and disappointments of people in search of a more just and convivial future, and in the characters’ actions we see that the past is always close behind.
Time: 109 minutes
100% Arabica (1997)
This film by Algerian director Mahmoud Zemmouri reminds us of the political importance of music (a recurring theme throughout the history of this film series). Despite the comedic elements and the energizing performances of Algeria’s Raï megastars Khaled and Cheb Mami, "100% Arabica" provides a serious critique of Islamic extremism whether in Paris or in North Africa. The seriousness of this critique is evident in the death threats that the director received following the film’s release.
Time: 85 minutes