Watch AfroPop Season 4
Get ready for a very special journey
Join funny man Wyatt Cenac host of season 4.0 of AfroPoP as the documentaries take us to Mali, where a young man tries to build a green solar panel business bringing electricity to villages; Brazil, with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris exploring his roots and stories of identity; Trinidad & Tobago where the legendary Calypso Rose takes stock of her passion for calypso music; and Los Angeles’ punk rock scene as the inimitable Fishbone comes barreling through with their own brand of chaos and music.
Produced by Temitope Olutunmbi
The Olutunmbi’s is the eight month endeavor by filmmaker Temitope Olutunmbi to document and explore his relationship with religious faith and family. The piece is a cerebral and poetic take on the journey to come of age. Through a blend of observational, verite and conventional documentary techniques, the film unfolds in a series of overlapping sequences.
This structure allows the film to be read in numerous ways by the viewer. My intention however was to explore my relationship between my family and the spiritual beliefs I was raised with in the best way I could. Therefore the depiction of my family in this film is in no way a complete representation of their life and should not be read as such. Despite any ideological differences expressed in this film, I would like any and all viewers of this film to know the deep respect and love I have for my family. The film was a necessary journey of reflection and expression of my relationship with my family and has allowed me to grow as a son and an artist.
Produced by Chris Metzler + Lev Anderson
From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan’s America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.
Burning in the Sun
Produced by Cambria Matlow + Morgan Robinson
At a crossroad in life, 26-year-old Daniel Dembélé returns to his homeland of Mali and starts a local business building solar panels. Daniel’s unprecedented goal: to electrify rural communities, 99% of which live without power. Burning in the Sun tells his story of growing the budding idea into a viable company and of Daniel’s impact on his first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation.
Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle
Produced by Pascale Obolo
Calypso Rose is the ambassador of Caribbean music. A living legend of calypso, this charismatic artist has often been compared to great black singers such as Aretha Franklin, Cesaria Evoria or Miriam Makeba. Born in 1940 in a fishing village on the island of Tobago, Calypso Rose began singing at the age of 15. Since then she has been sharing, with her relentless energy and legendary happy spirit, her stories of daily life in the Caribbean, and singing her repertoire on stages around the world. Moving along the thread that links her universe with the world, Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle helps us to experience the dreams and disappointments of this amazing and prolific female artist.
E Minha Cara (That’s My Face)
Produced by Thomas Allen Harris
A mythopoetic feast of self-discovery that crosses three continents and three generations, That’s My Face traces the filmmaker’s journey to Salvador Da Bahia, the African heart and soul of Brazil, as he seeks the identity of the spirits who haunt his dreams. Paralleling the journey his mother made twenty years earlier to Tanzania in search of a mythic motherland, the film incorporates an innovative sound design that uses rap and hip-hop strategies of multi-voice sampling.