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African Diaspora

Nunca Mas (Never Again)

This documentary presents the stories of Afrocolombian peasants displaced from their land in the armed conflict between the Colombian Army, guerillas, and the right-wing paramilitary in the communities of Uraba, Antioquia and Choco, Colombia. An important part of their story is the political mobilization with which they are petitioning the Colombian government to ensure that their ordeal is never repeated. 2001. 56 min.

On the Battlefield: Gospel Quartets

Spirituals have been described both as the literature of American slavery and as the jewels that slaves brought out of bondage. Today, the harmony, percussive precision, and evangelical fervor of gospel music have made it a hit around the world. This program examines the influence of African music on the gospel sound and spotlights venerable gospel groups concluding with a Sunday gospel quartet celebration. 1984. 60 min.

Out of Africa. (Portrait of the Caribbean)

A sense of Africa pervades the Caribbean, but in Haiti it feels like Africa itself. The history and culture of Haiti and Jamaica are compared. 1992. 45 min.

Prince Among Slaves

In 1788, a slave ship sailed from the Gambia River with hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains. Eight months later, a handful of survivors were sold in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them made an astonishing claim: he was a prince of an African kingdom larger and more developed than the newly formed United States. The true story of an African prince who endured the humiliation of slavery without losing his dignity or hope of freedom. In 1828, by the order of President John Quincy Adams and Secretary of State Henry Clay, he was freed after spending 40 years in slavery.

Roots Daughters

A moving testament to a modern living myth that informs about the Rastafari culture, as experienced by Rastawomen. It chronicles the lives of 16 Rastawomen from Guyana, Jamaica and Canada, including the acclaimed reggae singer Judy Mowatt. The film traces the origins of Rastafari from Africa, the mysterious warrior Queen Nyahbinghi after whom Nyahbinghi secret society was named, and Queen Kitami and Queen Muhumusa, who pioneered the spread of Nyahbinghi. In addition the film profiles Jamaican freedom fighter Marcus Garvey and Reggae superstar Bob Marley and includes footage of H.I.M.

Roots, Rock, Reggae: Inside the Jamaican Music Scene.

Reggae music mostly originated from a few poor districts in Kingston, Jamaica. This film is a street-level tour of the Kingston music scene originally filmed in 1977, a flashpoint year for reggae and Jamaica. The importance of the African-derived music and culture of Rastafarians surfaces in drumming-and-chanting scenes in this film which features reggae performances, interviews and studio scenes with the originators of reggae music and rhythms.

Sanpachando: St. Pacho Is for the Revelers (San Pacho es pa'l que lo goce)

Explores the intertwined cultural, religious, political, and afro-ethnic meanings of a vibrant festival honoring St. Francis of Assisi in Quibdo, Choco, on the northwest Pacific coast of Colombia. Special feature: Documentary film: " San Pach para quien?" (26 min. ; 2002) Directed by Daniel O. Mosquera M., Sean C. Ferry. c2009. 48 min.
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Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora.

A documentary examining the African Diaspora, from the violent scattering of African people away from their continent of origin to their contemporary participation in a global community. The film focuses on the enormous -- though largely unknown and unacknowledged -- contributions of Africans and their descendants to the wealth and power of the Americans, and portrays elements of African culture that characterize everyday life throughout the Americas today. Dr.

That's My Face(E minha cara)

African American filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris travels to Salvador da Bahia in search of his ancestral roots. He connects this time in Brazil with his childhood experiences living in Tanzania with his mother who went to Africa in search of a mythic motherland. Produced and directed by Thomas Allen Harris. 2001. 56 min.

The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery

Explores the history and archeological excavation of a burial ground for African slaves discovered in lower Manhattan Island, New York, during construction of a Federal office building in the summer of 1991. Relates also the effect of the discovery on understanding the role of Afro-Americans in colonial American life. 1994. 116 min.

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