Africana Film Series

About the Series

The Africana Film Series was conceived by ACPHS Associate Professor of Africana Studies Kevin Hickey and debuted in 2005. Each year he personally selects the Series' themes and films. In 2019, the Series will celebrate its 15th year. The theme of the 2019 series will be “Africans in Europe.”

The film series is held each February to coincide with African American History Month. Films are typically shown at 7:00 pm in the Gozzo Student Center on three successive Tuesdays during the month of February. Each showing includes food, drink, a full 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 the films in the 2018 series.

Image from the film I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

This first night of this year's Series will begin with a "double feature":

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco (2007) - Director Josh Asen uses the first hip hop music festival in Morocco as a vehicle to study Moroccan, Muslim, and Arabic identities with a focus on gender, youth, and family. A recurring word throughout this film is “peace,” a word that also recurs throughout the series' third film - Trances. I Love Hip Hop in Morocco is for anyone who wants a window into cultural changes in the “Muslim world,” and specifically North Africa and Morocco. [Note: Additional commentary to be provided by Khadija Moussadek who is an ACPHS student from Morocco.]

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.

Image from the film Daresalam
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Daresalam (2000)

The word Daresalam means “house of peace" in Arabic. This historical drama by director Issa Serge Coelo provides a window into one of the least known of all African countries, Chad. 

It situates the civil war in Chad as part of a larger global fabric, and it shows us what we can never be told too often - that violence and war cripple everyone, even the so-called victors.

Image from the film Trances
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Trances (1981)

The film Trances by Moroccan director Ahmed El Maanouni is a Martin Scorsese World Cinema Project film that looks at the Moroccan musical group referred to as “the Rolling Stones of North Africa,” Nass El Ghiwane. Stylistically, this folk-rooted acoustic group draws on the Sufi- and West African-rooted trance musical tradition of Morocco, which the group employs in critiques of injustice and corruption.

Combining interviews and concert footage from Morocco, Tunisia, and France, Trances shows the political and emotional power of music in this look at popular Muslim culture whose goal is bridges and not walls.

[Note: Additional commentary to be provided by Khadija Moussadek who is an ACPHS student from Morocco.]