Africana Film Series

About the Series

Launched in 2005 by ACPHS Associate Professor of Africana Studies Kevin Hickey, the annual Africana Film Series has developed into a signature event on the College calendar.

Held each February in conjunction with Black History Month, the Series features three films shown on successive Tuesdays that are built around a theme selected by Dr. Hickey. A discussion follows each screening exploring the various elements of that evening's film and how it fits into that year's theme.

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 below to view the themes and films from the Series' history.

  • The theme of the 2020 series will be Africans in the Caribbean. A listing of the films in the 2020 Series will be posted to this page once they are announced.

THEME: Africans in Europe — Our Human Migrations 

  • Corps Étranger (Foreign Body)
  • Az állampolgár (The Citizen)
  • 100% Arabica

THEME: North Africa and Music — Bridges Not Walls

  • I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
  • Daresalam
  • Transes (Trances)

THEME: Senegal

  • Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) and Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)
  • Sembène!
  • La Noire de...   (Black Girl)

THEME: Love in Africa

  • Sabriya and The Gaze of the Stars 
  • Surrender, A Barber's Wisdom, and The Father (three films)
  • Woubi Chéri 

THEME: Global Exchanges

  • Dôlè (The Money)
  • Mother of George
  • Fintar O Destino (Dribbling Fate)

THEME: Three Favorite Films of the Series' First Decade

  • La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)
  • Forgiveness
  • Faat Kine

THEME: On the Margins

  • La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)
  • Pièces d’Identités (Pieces of Identity)
  • Tableau Ferraille (Scrap Heap)

THEME: Traditions

  • Umgidi (Shadow Dancing)
  • Si-Gueriki (“The Queen Mother”)
  • Long Night’s Journey into Day: South Africa’s Search for Truth & Reconciliation

THEME: Gender

  • Umgidi (Shadow Dancing)
  • Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power)
  • A Walk in the Night

THEME: The State

  • Thomas Sankara: An Upright Man
  • Ezra
  • Forgiveness

THEME: Hopes

  • And So Angels Die (Ainsi Meurent Les Anges)
  • Shake Hands with the Devil
  • Mahaleo

THEME: Heroes

  • Le Silence de la Forêt (The Forest)
  • State of Denial
  • O Heröi (The Hero) [This film was the grand prize winner of the World Dramatic Competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.]

THEME: Colonial Inheritances

  • Le Malentendu Colonial (Colonial Misunderstanding)
  • Everyone’s Child
  • Zulu Love Letter

THEME: Rising Up 

  • Allah Tantou (God’s Will Be Done)
  • Ndeysaan (Oh Life!)
  • Karmen Geï

THEME: Wellness and Intentions

  • Le Grand Blanc de Lambaréné (The Great White Man of Lambaréné)
  • Faat Kine
  • La Vie Est Belle (Life Is Rosy)