TORN FROM THE MOTHERLAND: FILMS FROM THE AFRICAN DIASPORA Series

The Austin Film Society “African Diaspora” film retrospective is a powerful opportunity to appreciate Pan-Africanist creativity under the cold realities of slavery, imperialism, colonization and neo-colonialism and its universalistic ramifications. It provides a unique vision and aesthetics on the cultural agency of people of African descent bypassing geographic and linguistic boundaries for the purpose of tackling fundamental issues of race, identity, violence, memory and belonging. The results are models for considering universal human conditions because the protagonists of these diasporic narratives are confronting the trials and experiences of displacement which do not apply solely to Africans. This cinema, therefore, must be situated in the glare of people struggling for human rights, self-knowledge, self-responsibility, self-respect and dignity under unique forms of…

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  • My Brother's Wedding
  • Quilombo
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Return to Goree
  • Black Is … Black Ain’t
  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask