AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
125 Franco's Boulevard/Nora (#302)
125 Franco's Boulevard - For 40 years, Franco the Great used his talents to paint murals on the storefront roll-down gates on 125th Street in Harlem. Re-zoning legislation and a recently passed city law threaten to remove these gates, along with the art and culture painted on them. Who will step up and preserve Franco's art in the wake of big plans to change Harlem?
Nora - "Nora" is based on true stories of Nora Chipaumire, a dancer born in Zimbabwe in 1965. In the film, Nora returns to the landscape of her childhood and journeys through some vivid memories of her youth: family dramas, difficult love affairs and militant politics. Using performance and dance, she brings her history to life in a swiftly moving poem of sound and image. Shot entirely on location in Southern Africa. [56 minutes]
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AfroPoP interview with filmmakers Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza. 03:07
Young South Africans from shantytowns put the promises of democracy to the test. 02:08
Full Program: Filmmaker Adisa visits a village in Sierra Leone and commits himself to improving the lives of the youth who end up... 09:29
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Series Description: AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE, the innovative documentary series on contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Four films introduce powerful stories: African boxers journey across the Atlantic to match their skills against the best in the world; a teenage girl travels to Ghana and an expatriate from Sierra Leone returns to his homeland, each hoping to dispel prevailing myths about the two countries; and, Hurricane Katrina victims find themselves refugees in their own country.
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