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Film festival focuses on Africa, April 24-28

"Africa, Diaspora and Social Change" is the theme of a film festival scheduled for Monday through Friday, April 24-28, on campus.

The festival will explore the dynamic processes of migration and globalization currently taking place around the African continent, as seen through the lens of cinematic representation. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an introductory lecture, followed by a film and a question-and-answer period. The screenings will be in 101 Friend Center on Monday through Wednesday and in the Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau St. on Thursday and Friday.

The festival will open on Monday with a showing of "Kelele," a documentary made by Princeton junior J.D.M. Williams and Mahiri Mwita, a lecturer in comparative literature, about their experiences with AIDS/HIV activism in a Kenyan village. The schedule also includes recent works from Morocco, Senegal and South Africa, among others.

Speakers at the screenings will include Williams and Mwita, as well as Princeton faculty members Simon Gikandi, Emmanuel Kreike and Aissata Sidikou-Morton. Professors Jimia Boutouba of Swarthmore College and Samba Gadjigo of Mount Holyoke College and filmmakers Cindy and Ian Gabriel and Yasmine Kassari also will participate.

A complete schedule is available online. For more information, contact Marie-Helene Koffi-Tessio or Kerry Bystrom.

The free festival is funded by the Program in African Studies, the University Center for Human Values, the Davis Center for Historical Studies, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Office of the President, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and the Program in the Study of Women and Gender.

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