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.
About the host
Join host Yaya DaCosta for the seventh season of this engaging documentary series – the only series on public television dedicated to stories from the African Diaspora. Five brilliant explorations reach you this season from filmmakers all around the globe – from Jamaica to the Sinai. From the tale of a mother trying to save her unborn child from the HIV virus in The Carrier (Zambia), young soccer playing women changing their country in Senegal (Ladies Turn), a heartbreaking story of kidnap for ransom in the Sinai in “Sound of Torture,” as LGBT activists try to survive or make it out of Jamaica in “The Abominable Crime,” and Afropunk, the hippest music festival around brings their video production “The Triptych” artfully documenting the lives of three contemporary artists of note, Wangechi Mutu, Baron Clairborne and Sandford Biggers. This is a jam-packed season!
Told through the eyes of an increasingly empowered heroine, The Carrier is a powerful and moving portrait of an unconventional family, set against the backdrop of the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia. This lyrical film follows Mutinta Mweemba, a 28-year-old subsistence farmer living in a polygamous marriage. After learning she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mutinta sets out to keep her unborn child virus-free and to break the cycle of transmission.
In 2009, in Senegal, where “football is king,” a women’s football street tournament is organized for the first time by the association Ladies’ Turn. Despite the passionate commitment of Seyni, the former captain of the women’s national team, and of the women and men that fight at her side, the game is far from won.
Defying taboos and prejudices, the girls play on the fields for a growing audience. Will they be allowed to go all the way and play the game they love?
Sound of Torture
Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their military dictator-ruled country towards Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release.
AFROPUNK Presents the Triptych
AFROPUNK presents the Triptych is a unique and profound documentary film series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time: artists whose talent spans the gamut from interdisciplinary to photography and performance. Produced by AFROPUNK Pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 25-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices in art. Each monologue is a reflection of their life experiences, letting the viewer discover how their observations have shaped the art they create.
The first in the series features Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne—contemporaries, luminaries and friends. Their keen reflections on the world are at once startling and insightful.
The Abominable Crime
The Abominable Crime, at heart, is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country. It gives voice to Jamaicans like Simone Edwards, who survives an anti-gay shooting, and Maurice Tomlinson, a leading activist who is forced to flee the country after being outed.
Told as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotional journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians and offer intimate first-person perspectives on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.