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Distributed April 6, 2005
Contact Mary Jo Curtis

April 13-17, 2005
Brown To Present Africana Film Festival at Cable Car Cinema

Brown University will present its second Africana Film festival – featuring 15 films from a dozen countries and an international group of filmmakers, writers and critics – Wednesday through Sunday, April 13-17, 2005, at Cable Car Cinema.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Some 15 films from Africa and its diaspora will be featured when Brown University presents its second Africana Film Festival Wednesday through Sunday, April 13-17, 2005, at Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St.

In addition to screenings of 15 films from a dozen countries, the festival will feature an international group of filmmakers, writers and critics from six countries participating in panel discussions. The program includes features and shorts, documentaries and musicals, politically and historically conscious narratives, and both art house and mainstream movies.

“Africana cinema includes films from African diaspora cultures, as well as Africa itself. We will have films by women and men, established directors and upstarts, hailing from numerous countries,” said Richard Manning, one of the festival directors. “This festival captures the breadth of Africana film as various nations, genres and issues receive exposure of a high order.”

Visiting filmmakers and scholars will participate in panels examining a wide range of topics related to filmmaking and identity in global Africana cultures. Participants include Claire Andrade-Watkins, St. Clair Bourne, Nguarsungu Chiwengo, Flora Gomes, Julian Henriques, André Yoka Lye Mudaba, Pierre Mujomba, Mweze Ngangura and Parminder Vir.

The scheduled films include the Providence première of new works from established filmmakers, such as Moolade, by Africa’s most famous director, Ousmane Sembene of Senegal, and The Governor’s New Clothes, by Mweze Ngangura of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other screenings will include works by Flora Gomes of Guinea-Bissau (Tree of Blood), St. Clair Bourne of the United States (Paul Robeson, Here I Stand), Julian Henriques of Great Britain (Baby Mother) and Fanta Nacro from Burkina Faso (the shorts Bintou, Le truc de Konaté and Puk Nini). As a special highlight for local audiences, there will be a sneak preview of a work in progress on Rhode Island’s Cape Verdean community, Claire Andrade-Watkins’ Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican.

The Africana Film Festival is a collaborative project of the Department of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Africana Studies. It was founded last year (under the name African Film Festival) by Meadow Dibble-Dieng, Philip Rosen and Richard Manning.

Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for general admission and $3 for students; festival passes are also available at $20 for eight general admissions or $15 for eight student admissions. Tickets are on sale at the Cable Car box office. For more information and a full schedule of screenings and other events, visit, or contact [email protected] or Richard Manning at [email protected].


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