AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
This series celebrates Africa's cultural and historical growth through six insightful films. These films, each introduced by acclaimed actor Idris Elba, explore the complex lives of contemporary Africans, both on the continent and abroad. The productions include an examination of the efforts of African AIDS activists, a profile of two young South African hip-hop disc jockeys, the touching story of one Cape Town boy's love for opera music and a look inside the blossoming Nigerian film industry.
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Previous Broadcasts
American Ascent (Episode #901H)
KQED World: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
An American Ascent is a feature documentary about the first African American expedition to tackle North America's highest peak, Denali. In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to build a legacy and become role models for inner city kids and people of color all over America to encourage them to get outside. They did so by taking on the grueling, 20,237 foot peak of the continent's biggest mountain.
- KQED World: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Doin' It in the Park: Pick Up Basketball-Nyc (Episode #601)
KQED World: Tue, Jan 3, 2017 -- 6:00 AM
An exploration of the history, culture, and social impact of New York's summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "Mecca" of the sport. In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church. Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC's five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film's title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America's most popular, and accessible, free recreation.
- KQED World: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Jan 3, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
Days of Hope (Episode #801)
KQED World: Mon, Jan 2, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Days of Hope weaves three immigrant stories into a unflinching portrait of courage and sacrifice as they travel, by any means, across deserts and oceans from Africa to Europe in the hopes of providing a better life for the families they leave behind. Days of Hope presents the human side of these immigrant stories as they discover that to traverse the waters that separate them from one continent is one thing; to traverse the gulf that separates them from the rest of humanity is quite another. As the narrative unfolds we learn that each of the three characters has motivations very similar to those that drive us all.