Afropop 2.0 http://afropop.tv The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:34:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 AfroPop Season 9 – Behind the Scenes http://afropop.tv/afropop-season-9-behind-the-scenes/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:34:07 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1512 Host Nikki Beharie and the team behind AfroPop season 9 take you behind the scenes of that made the all new season of this innovative series possible.

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Intore (“The Chosen”) http://afropop.tv/intore-the-chosen/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:27:02 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1505 Offering a powerful and rare look at how Rwanda survived its tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance and the resilience of a new generation. “Intore” (“The Chosen”) is a story of triumph, survival and hope, and how the nation rose above the ashes of a horrific 1994 genocide, to become a world model of post-conflict peace and unity.

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Omo Child: The Bush and the River http://afropop.tv/omo-child-the-bush-and-the-river/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:22:02 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1501 In Ethiopia’s Omo valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi.’ One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children but challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy. As he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.

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Black Out and Pangaea http://afropop.tv/black-out-and-pangaea/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:13:48 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1496 Two short films: “Black Out” is shows how children reconcile their daily lives in Guinea, one of the world’s poorest countries, with their desire to learn, and “Pangaea” tells the story of a lonely girl stranded on a rooftop desperately tries to return her life to a state of equilibrium after she is separated from her family.

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Interview with Olivia Peace http://afropop.tv/interview-with-olivia-peace/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:10:19 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1493 Director Olivia Peace talks about making her film “Pangaea”, which is featured in season 9 of AfroPop.

“Pangaea” is a short film written and directed by Olivia Peace. It tells the story of a young girl, trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The film aims to comment on the lives of the children whose lives were drastically changed by the aftermath of the hurricane and the flooding that followed it, as well as on the role of those who experienced the events on television from the safety of their own living rooms. “Pangaea” was shot by a group of Northwestern University students over the course of a week in New Orleans, LA.

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Interview with Marta Moreno Vega http://afropop.tv/interview-with-marta-moreno-vega/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:06:19 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1490 Marta Moreno Vega of the African Diaspora Institute discusses the Caribbean component of African Diaspora which plays a large role in “My Father’s Land” a documentary featured in of AfroPop season 9.

“My Father’s Land” was directed by K. Tyler Johnson. Papa Jah, a humble Haitian gardener, has lived in the Bahamas for 40 years. As his marginalized community faces a strict new deportation policy and growing xenophobia in the Bahamas, he returns to Haiti, to reunite with his 103 years old father and the land he left behind.

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Interview with Erica Wynn http://afropop.tv/interview-with-erica-wynn/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:00:12 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1487 Mountaineer Erica Wynn talks about her role in “An American Ascent”, a documentary featured in season 9 of AfroPop.

Directed by Andy Adkins and George Potter, AN AMERICAN ASCENT documents the first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak), while shedding light on the complex relationship many African Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a “minority majority” nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of 20,237ft Denali, nine African American climbers try to bridge this “adventure gap” – challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America’s biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.

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AfroPop Season 9 – Omo Child (Trailer) http://afropop.tv/afropop-season-9-omo-child-trailer/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:52:24 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1484 Directed by John Rowe, “Omo Child” follows one man’s journey to bring about a progressive cultural shift that will end the killing of children in the Omo Valley.

In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.

Under Kara tradition, any child born with the feared mingi curse must be sacrificed. “Every mingi child must be killed. We do this for the protection of our people” explains Dore Akir, leader of the Kara. A baby is Mingi if it is born out of wedlock, without the blessing of the elders, or if its teeth emerge in a specific order, and any child with the curse is sacrificed shortly after birth, or often left to die in the forest.

This practice of killing mingi children is ingrained in the Kara culture, and has taken place for generations. But now Lale Labuko, one of the first of the tribe to receive a formal education, has returned to the village to end the practice and save the ‘cursed’ children.

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AfroPop Season 9 – Pangaea (Trailer) http://afropop.tv/afropop-season-9-pangaea-trailer/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:49:32 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1481 “Pangaea” is a short film written and directed by Olivia Peace. It tells the story of a young girl, trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The film aims to comment on the lives of the children whose lives were drastically changed by the aftermath of the hurricane and the flooding that followed it, as well as on the role of those who experienced the events on television from the safety of their own living rooms. “Pangaea” was shot by a group of Northwestern University students over the course of a week in New Orleans, LA.

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AfroPop Season 9 – Blackout (Trailer) http://afropop.tv/afropop-season-9-blackout-trailer/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:46:28 +0000 http://afropop.tv/?p=1478 Every day during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school children begin a nightly pilgrimage to the airport, petrol stations and wealthy parts of the city, searching for light. This evocative documentary tells the story of these children’s inspiring struggle for education in the face of the country’s own fight for change. “Blackout” was directed by Eva Weber.

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