School of Professional Studies

Documentary Screening "Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing", followed by discussion with filmmaker Julie Cohen and UCT Opera School Director Kamal Khan

Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

This is a closed event for the current students and alumni of the IE Brown Executive MBA program.

Join us Thursday, October 9 for a documentary screening of "Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing." The film will be previewed from 6:00-7:20PM, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Julie Cohen & head of Opera School at UCT, Kamal Khan, from 7:20PM-7:45PM. A reception will follow in the Barus & Holley lobby.

About the documentary:

"Spotlights Rising Stars of The University of Cape Town Opera School"

Nearly two decades after the end of apartheid in South Africa, the nation struggles to fulfill the promise of a transformed society. Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing, follows three gifted African singers studying at the University of Cape Town. This feature-length documentary by filmmaker Julie Cohen, depicts how the power of art can change perceptions and transform lives.

At the University of Cape Town’s once all-white opera school, both the struggle and promise are embodied in an enormously talented group of classical singers from the nation’s black townships. After the end of apartheid, the school opened its doors to black students, many of whom had learned opera in competitive community choirs in the townships, others there inspired by television advertisements. The wave of gifted singers who came to audition awed faculty members. The school, now comprised of two-thirds blacks and mixed race students, is achieving greater success than ever propelling students to world opera stages including The Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan.

This event is sponsored by Brown University School of Professional Studies and the Cogut Center for the Humanities

Barus & Holley- room 190, 18​4 Hope​ Street, Providence, RI. Recommended entrance is via Brook Street.