AfroPop has delighted audiences for nine seasons. Season ten’s stories are just as beautifully and poignantly told, and remind us that not enough has changed for people of African descent globally. Black Public Media is committed to continuing to bring to the American public these stories and others that celebrate the art, culture and creativity people of African descent for another 10 years.
10 Days in Africa
In a wonderfully textured narrative style, African American filmmaker Regi Allen makes a sojourn to three West African countries to discover for himself the truth behind the myths that separate black identity in Africa from black identity in the Diaspora. With a critical lens often pointed at himself, Allen creates an intoxicatingly chaotic film that raises as many questions as it answers. Filled with deeply moving cinematic stills and 8MM footage, 10 Days In Africa is a song of love intended to heal many wounds, while weaving a complicated path to his firmer understanding of black identity.
Hip Hop Revolution
Using an experimental narrative style, South African filmmaker Weaam Williams has infused her film with a texture and life that breathes with every cut. “Hip Hop Revolution” is first an exploration of the lives of a generation so touched by this genre and its culture that they are inspired to question, survive and conquer an unjust political system.
Freedom in South Africa after 1994 means the freedom for Tumelo and Dominique to express themselves in ways that genuinely baffle their parents. For these two female, hip-hop disc jockeys from rather conservative backgrounds, 1994 signalled the beginning of a journey to personal freedom. On the other hand, Tumelo’s endearingly nostalgic father sees this as the point at which the youth became aware of their rights, causing society’s values to crumble. In Mix, the tension between attaining personal freedom and satisfying family obligations is played out as an almost total communication breakdown between parents and daughter, between young and old, and between siblings.
Welcome to Nollywood
“Welcome To Nollywood” is an artful and insightful documentary on the hustle and bustle of the quickly growing Nigerian movie industry, the third largest film producer in the world. With engaging interviews from leading industry professionals and intriguing behind-the-scenes footage, Meltzer’s depiction is entertaining, complex and a must-see for all who seek to know why this evolving industry is grabbing such large audiences around the world.
Elton is a boy of 13 who sings opera in Hermanus, a small seaside town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, popular with tourists for whale sightings. His love of opera music begins after his cousin gives him a tape by Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. His passion leads Elton from performing solo stints at open-air festivals to opening acts for established opera singers from nearby Cape Town. Elton’s quest to become an acclaimed opera singer is set against the backdrop of his life as a young teenager. He and his opera-singing friends are harassed by authorities and beaten by police, who prefer to retain foreign tourists at the expense of local black buskers.
We Will Not Die Like Dogs
We Will Not Die Like Dogs is a feature length documentary film which profiles AIDS activists from the four African countries of Nigeria, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Zambia. Providing intimately honest and provocative testimonies from individuals who are living face-to-face with the epidemic on a daily basis – including 2 HIV-positive women who fight against stigma and discrimination, a doctor working tirelessly caring for HIV-infected children in the rural villages, and a reggae artist who uses his status amongst youth and the media to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS.