AfricaNow! August 16, 2017
Topic: The African World on Film
Topic and Guests: As AfricaNow! continues to highlight the International Decade for People of African Descent—which is from January 2015 to December 31, 2024—we will focus on the African World on film. AfricaNow! begins with dissecting the film Breathe in the Roots. Breathe in the Roots tells the story of Ty Christen Joseph, a young African American English teacher from Brooklyn, who goes on a spiritual journey of discovery by horseback after coming to Ethiopia, in part to discover more about his African ancestral heritage. The film delves into what it means to grow up without knowing where your ancestors came from, and offers one man’s unique path to reclaiming a lost heritage. Breathe in the Roots by Ethiopian filmmaker Indrias G. Kassaye tracks Chris's journey from Addis Ababa to Lalibela, one of Ethiopia's holiest pilgrimage sites, on horseback - documenting his once in a lifetime experiences and showcasing a side of Ethiopia many rarely get to experience. Ethiopian filmmaker Indrias G. Kassaye is a writer, photographer, producer who believes in the importance of storytelling that champions the voices and experiences of local communities and everyday people. Mr. Kassaye is the author of Beyond the Throne: The Enduring Legacy of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Shama, 2001). He has worked with UNICEF in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. He has also worked on media projects in South Sudan, Uganda, Egypt, and South Africa.
From August 18-20 the films from the African World will be presented at the 11th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington DC. The African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington DC features films from the Africa World all over the globe. The show features a discussion about the 11th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival Washington DC with Reinaldo Spech, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the African Diaspora International Film Festival.
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