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Weeksville x New York African Film Fest: Footprints to PanAfricanism

  • Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11213 United States (map)

All people of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation. - Kwame Nkrumah

In honor of our latest exhibition, "From Africa to Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection", we are elated to collaborate again with the New York African Film Fest as they celebrate their 25th anniversary!

“From Africa To Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection,” is comprised of over 60 rare artifacts on loan from The Cultural Museum of African Art, one of the largest collections of African art in the United States amassed by an African American. Through its narrative and programmatic extensions, the exhibition draws explicit connections between the cultural practices of those countries and the people, both free and formerly enslaved, who built the community of historic Weeksville. Cinematically, there is no film that could better build a bridge between these two people with a shared history than Shitikiana Aina's "Footprints of PanAfricanism".

As Ghana fought to shed the dominance of Britain in the 1950s, the Civil Rights Movement was erupting in the US. Intertwining the struggles of the Diaspora and Africa, "Footprints of PanAfricanism" remembers these powerful bonds that were so crucial for this era to the center of its work. While one was struggling for equity and the other for independence, both movements were rooted in a determination to re-assert their humanity and recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism.

Join us for this special evening as we unfurl Weeksville's panAfrican roots reaching back 160 years in the form of resident Henry Highland Garnett's African Civilization Society calling for the unification of the diapora and repatriation back to Africa.

A community conversation led by Sun Song's Naima Nur will immediately follow the screening.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers.

In 1990, AFF’s founders established goals that continue to enrich the organization mission and organizational development: To use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; To develop a non-African audience for African films; To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.

Sun Song is a cultural hub, creative enterprise, and archive dedicated to creating an inclusive and progressive space.

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