Documentary film festival to portray African culture realistically

The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting Kansas University’s third annual Africa World Documentary film festival Saturday. Kansas is the fifth stop on the world traveling tour.

The three-day festival will show 18 film submitted by directors all over the world delivers a portrayal of African countries and their culture beyond stereotypical images presented in the media. Documentary topics include the legacy and influence of a famous Berlin-based Afro-American poet in “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years,” Ugandan LGBT rights in the face of an anti-homosexuality law in “City of the Damned,” and the sequel to a rugby film played last year, this time following the co-ed team through a tour in Hong Kong and China where legendary player Stuart Krohn made his career.

The Africa World Documentary Film Festival is 7 years old, sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies, International Studies and Programs, and University of Missouri-St. Louis. The festival will move onto Philadelphia, St. Louis, South Africa, United Kingdom and then Jamaica, following its stop in Lawrence.

Films will be screened in 3139 Wescoe Hall, the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium and Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union, starting at 4 p.m. today. This event is free and open to the public. Check out the online program for complete schedule and trailers.


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