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African Film Weekend

The African Film Weekend screens new and original African films each fall on the campus of the University of Richmond. It has been running since 2000 as an initiative from African Studies faculty members under the leadership of Professor Louis Tremaine from the Department of English. Since 2012, a component entitled Africa Week comprising lectures and other cultural events has been added.

African Film Weekend celebrates African culture on the continent and the Diaspora through cinema. Faculty, staff, students, and the general public of Richmond have the opportunity to learn about cultures and issues through the best productions Africa can offer in the realm of filmmaking. Film themes vary from year to year.

Support for African Film Weekend comes from the Office of International Education, the Media Resource Center, the International Studies program and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Africa Week 2016: Africa: The Preservation of the Planet and its Cultures


The Role of African Languages in the U.S. Academy of the 21st Century
Dr. Leonard Muaka, Howard University
Mon., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Carole Weinstein International Center, International Center Commons

Dr. Leonard Muaka is associate professor of English and Linguistics at Howard University. He has taught language and literature courses at universities in Kenya, Mexico, and the United States. His research focuses on the dynamics of language use among youths in eastern Africa. Dr. Muaka co-authored a Swahili textbook entitled Tusome Kiswahili (Let’s Read Swahili), and is currently working on a multimedia elementary Swahili book project.

Urban Environments in Africa: Sustainable Development and Grassroots Socio-Environmental Justice
Dr. Garth Myers, Trinity College
Thurs., Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Carole Weinstein International Center, International Center Commons

Dr. Garth Myers is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Myers is the author of African Cities: Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice; Disposable Cities: Garbage, Governance, and Sustainable Development in Urban Africa; and Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Finland, and the United Kingdom.

African Film Weekend

Presenter: Dr. Frank Ukadike, Tulane University
Sept. 16–17
Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium

Dr. Frank Ukadike is associate professor of film studies in the Department of Communication with a joint appointment in the Program of Africa and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. His research interests focus on African and Third World cinemas, specifically, the history, theory, and practices of African cinema through an interdisciplinary approach that is simultaneously geo-political, socio-economical, and ideological. He is the author of several books about African cinema including Black African Cinema; Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers; African Cinema: Narratives, Perspectives and Poetics; and the edited volume, Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse.

Film Schedule

Fri., Sept. 16, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Price of Love
Ethiopia, 2015, directed by Hermon Hailay
99 min.

A relationship grows between Teddy, a cab driver, and Fere, a sex worker in Addis Ababa. When Teddy’s cab is stolen in retribution by Fere’s pimp, he finds love is costly and must come to grips with his past.  

Sat., Sept. 17

8–9:30 a.m.
Short Films
African Metropolis
South Africa, 2014, produced by Steven Markovits
92 min.

This series of short films from directors in six cosmopolitan centers (Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi) explore the complexities of modern urban life and new traditions in fictional storytelling. 

9:45–11 a.m.
Ethiopia and Spain, 2015, directed by Miguel Llansó
68 min.

Gagano, a junk collector living in a post-apocalyptic era, sets off on a hero’s quest, when a spaceship that has been hovering over Earth shows shows signs of activity. A surreal and quirky sci-fi romance featuring spectacular Ethiopian landscapes.

11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Black November
Nigeria, 2012, directed by Jeta Amaka
95 min.

The members of a Niger Delta community wage a war against their corrupt government and an international oil corporation to save their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and frequent spills in this Nollywood/Hollywood drama with Vivica Fox, Anne Heche, and Wyclef Jean.

1–2 p.m.

2–3:30 p.m.
The Shore Break
South Africa, 2014, Ryley Grunenwald
90 min.

Documenting the Pondo people of South Africa’s Wild Coast, director Ryley Grunenwald tells the story of a family at odds over the importance of local ecology and the lure of modernization through mining.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the African Film Weekend, contact Kasongo Kapanga or Sonia Chop at (804) 289-8096