Oct 6 – Oct 7, 2017
Bringing the best in thought-provoking films and
innovating crafts celebrating African culture and experience.
TELLING AFRICAN STORIES
Meet the winner Monsuru Alashe
Waco-Nigerian Competition for Innovative Crafts
Friday, 6th October
6:30 pm Opening Reception Texas Room 117-116
6:45 pm Introduction of Winner Monsuru Alsahe
TELLING AFRICAN STORIES 2017
biennial Waco-Nigerian Competition for Innovative Crafts
Arts co-ordination Nigeria Dapo Adeniyi, Director of Wole Soyinka
Arts co-ordination Waco Vivian Van Gorder
and visiting Film directors Dr. Dapo Adeniyi and Jud Fokwang
7:00 pm “Queen of Katwe” Director Mira Nair
Living in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga), her mother Nakku Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o) and younger members of her family. She and her younger brother help their mother sell in the market and scavenge for food and water. She also helps care for a new baby brother. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) at a missionary program. Katende coaches soccer and teaches children to play chess at a local center. Curious, Phiona approaches and learns the game. She becomes fascinated with it and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance.
Saturday, 7th October
2:30 pm “Something New in Old Town”
Director Jude Fokwang, Regis University , Denver “One on One with the Director”
Set in the sprawling community of Old Town, the cradle of the modern city of Bamenda (Cameroon), Something New in Old Town explores a unique approach to grassroots development and communal empowerment. This intimate documentary, filmed over three years in the homes, streets and work places of Old Town, takes us into the world of dozens of committed young men and women who strive to change their community as “searchers” of solutions to the manifold problems that beset young people and the urban environment in many African cities. Through their charitable acts, hygiene campaigns and commitment to grassroots development, they build and impart hope in a community that bears the scars of a chequered history.
6:30 pm “Ake: The Years of Childhood” Wole Soyinka”
Ake is set in the years just before World War II; the author himself was born in 1934. Apart from a narrative aesthetic and lucidity of prose which is rare in Soyinka’s regular literary works, it combines a beautiful child-view narrative technique with direct echoes from the war as heard or imagined down in Ake, Abeokuta.
Director Dapo Adeniyi, Nigeria “One on One with the Director”