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AfriDocs on BET this June!

Posted by radio On June - 1 - 2017

AfriDocs on BET in June is excited to present a diverse array of films,including a selection \of new documentaries from across Africa.

The 2016 film Accra Power is aneclectic look at one of Africa’s most thriving urban settings. The film focuseson a selection of young Ghanaians; the poet Poetra Asantewa, fashion DJ Steloo,gospel scientist Edward Ohemeng Oware, dancer Hadassah Asare, musician Wanlov(one half of Fokn Bois), visual and performance artist Serge Attukwei Clottey,storyteller Mary Yaa Konadu and boxer Abigail Quartey to be our guides aroundthe greater Accra area.

 

UPRIZE! is a South African filmthat looks back 40 years at the 1976 Soweto uprising in light of the recentuniversity student uprisings and the #FeesMustFall protests that rocked SouthAfrican campuses.  Director Sifiso Khanyileexplains further, “It’s a glimpse into 70s SA, the cost of the fight foreducation and freedom, and especially relevant 40 years later as universitystudents take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education.”

 

AfriDocs also journeys to the USA this month for a music-drenchedchronicle of hip-hop, urban culture and fashion. Fresh Dressed is the story of hip-hop fashion that has transformedthe style of young people the world over. The film is a rich mix of archivalmaterials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industryinsiders, such as Pharrell Williams, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nas, and others.

AfriDocs can be seen every Thursday 9:00/ 21:00 (CAT) on BET Africa, DStvchannel 129. For more information: www.afridocs.netwww.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

 

To watch the June trailer: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82a6I9kmXXci1RZfBP-1Fbhpqm9aevYJ

1 June

Town of Runners |Jerry Rothwell | Ethiopia | 2012 | 86 min

The world’s best long-distance runners hail from one small town inEthiopia. In a country long associated with poverty, famine and war,world-record-beating athletes are the source of pride. Many of the world’sgreatest runners hail from Bekoji, a remote town in the southern Highlands. Inthe Beijing Olympics, runners from Bekoji won all four gold medals in thelong-distance track events – more medals than most industrial countries.

Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2SVYcSeJ1g

 

8 June

Accra Power| Sandra Krampelhuber & Andrea Verena Strasser | Ghana | 2016 | 49 min

Accra Power provides an eclectic mix of perceptions of power in one ofmany thriving urban settings in Africa. It outlines creative and artisticstrategies of young Ghanaians situated at the crossroads of tradition andvarious belief systems, high technological and economic growth, infrastructuraldeficits and current energy crisis.

Crossing Europe International Film Festival, Austria,2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgjQu-XeeGw

 

15 June

UPRIZE! | Sifiso Khanyile | South Africa | 2016 | 58 min

On the morning of 16 June 1976, a group of school children in Sowetogathered peacefully to protest the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a mediumof instruction. By nightfall over 200 of them lay dead, mowed down by Apartheidarmed forces. Forty years later, this film looks at the world that made thesekids, and how in the especially relevant forty years later as universitystudents once again take to the streets to fight the post-apartheid governmenton the issue of free quality education.

New York African Film Festival, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU4mNMiCYTc

 

22 June

Dear Mandela | DaraKell & Christopher Nizza | South Africa | 2011 | 93 min

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘younglions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take theirgovernment to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracyto the test.

Best South African Documentary, Durban InternationalFilm Festival, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8qnp8KWwU&t=1s

 

29 June

Fresh Dressed | SachaJenkins | USA |2015 | 82 min

Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, andthe hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets fromOrchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.Director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix ofarchival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and otherindustry insiders.

Sundance Film Festival, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81oLuZBuQqg&t=1s

 

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