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Date: Thursday, March 25, 2004
Contact: Michael Marshall, (808) 974-7524

For Immediate Release

UH Hilo’s Cinema from Africa and the Diaspora concludes

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Cinema from Africa and the Diaspora series wraps up in April with three events. All films are shown in the University’s UCB 100 starting at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $3. UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College students with valid ID are admitted free.

A showing of Dôlè (Money), a 2001 film by Gabonese director Imunga Ivanga, will be on Thursday, April 1. The 80-minute film, which is in French with English subtitles, offers a uniquely Gabonese perspective on the global crisis facing today’s youth. Even in this West African nation, young people find themselves embracing an all-encompassing international pop culture as familial and societal structures break down.

BarbaraO: In Conjunction… features internationally-known African-American actress Barbara O. Jones, a.k.a. BarbaraO, introducing a new experimental documentary Ma`am Fatou Seck, about a 110-year-old Senegalese matriarch and traditional healer on Thursday, April 8. After the film, BarbaraO, an artist-in-residence on the UH Hilo campus from April 6-8, will lead a discussion. BarbaraO’s cinema acting credits include Maangamizi (2001); Daughter’s of the Dust (1992); Mute Love (2000); A Powerful Thing (1991); Back Inside Herself (1984); Diary of an African Nun (1977); and Bush Mama (1976). BarbaraO: In Conjunction…is a 2003-2004 UH Diversity and Equity Project.

On Thursday, April 15, Cinema from Africa and the Diaspora concludes with the 2002 Senegalese film Ndeysaan (The Price of Forgiveness). This 90-minute film by director Mansour Sora Wade, in Wolof with English subtitles, is a deeply moving, beautifully acted and visually stunning story of love, betrayal and redemption.

For additional information, please call Professor Michael Marshall at (808) 974-7524.

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