About the 2018 Series
The Africana Film Series was conceived by ACPHS Associate Professor of Africana Studies Kevin Hickey and debuted in 2005. He has personally selected the Series' themes and films in each successive year. The theme of the 2018 series is “North Africa and Music - Bridges, not Walls.”
The series is held each February to coincide with African American History Month. This year’s films will be shown on February 6, 13, and 20; 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 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 each film.
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.
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.
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.]