Dates Announced for Africana Film Series

The College will host its 10th annual Africana Film Series February 4, 11, and 18. Films will be shown at 7 pm in Room 201 of the ACPHS Student Center. All films are free and open to the public.

Hosted by Associate Professor of Africana Studies Kevin Hickey, this year's selections represent Dr. Hickey's favorite films from the previous nine years of the Series.

Below is a listing of this year's films:

February 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Four Years Across Africa by Bike
An image-film with soundtrack of Associate Professor Kevin Hickey’s four-year bike trip through 24 countries of Africa from North Africa, across the Sahara to West Africa, then Central Africa, East Africa, and finally down to the southernmost tip of the continent. The film will be followed by a short question-and-answer period.

February 4 at 8:00 pm
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil)
This film was selected as one of the ten best films of 2000 by the Village Voice. Written and directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty of Senegal, this is the second film of an uncompleted trilogy called Tales of the Little People. Bringing together echoes from Fellini, surrealism, social realism, and a sophisticated critique of prejudices and injustices both foreign and domestic, Mambéty is considered by some to be Africa’s greatest film maker. Sadly, this was his final film before his untimely death at the age of 53. In Wolof, with English subtitles. 45 minutes.

February 11 at 7:00 pm
Forgiveness helps us to understand the difficulty of achieving both justice and reconciliation in the wake of the decades of racism, oppression, and violence that dominated South Africa during the period of apartheid (1948-1994). Toronto’s Globe and Mail says Forgiveness
“evokes universal themes of betrayal and redemption with the majesty of a Greek drama.” This award winning film is Associate Professor Hickey’s personal favorite from the first nine years of the Film Series. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles. 118 minutes.

February 18 at 7:00 pm
Faat Kine
Directed by Ousmane Sembène, widely regarded as the father of African cinema, this film is a penetrating analysis of the interplay of gender, economics, and power in today’s Africa – a film that Sembène calls a tribute to the “everyday heroism of African women.” It is a deceptively light domestic drama that details the life of Faat Kine, a gas station operator born in the same year (1960) as Senegalese independence. TV Guide called the film “wildly entertaining and a visual delight.” French and Wolof with English subtitles. 110 minutes.

For additional information about this year's series, please view the series flyer or contact Dr. Hickey at or 518-694-7359.