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
First Friday (Episode #804H)
KQED World: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 6:00 AM
On the first Friday of every month, thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Oakland. Rich and poor, young and old, black and white, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes symbolically attached to the city's larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril. The film follows six characters at First Friday, just a month after the shooting, where they intersect. A councilwoman, entrepreneur, transgender teen, black resident, musician and two young professionals who come to First Fridays looking for different things. Councilwoman Lynette wants to bridge the divide in her district between the longer time residents and recent transplants who are part of this redevelopment..
This film provides a multi-layered snapshot of a fascinating American city while exploring issues of redevelopment, gentrification and violence that many other urban centers face.
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 13, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
Tchindas (Episode #803H)
KQED World: Tue, Feb 2, 2016 -- 6:00 AM
Calm reigns in Sao Vicente, a small Cape Verdean island (off the West Coast of Africa) where most of the people have never moved away. In Mindelo we meet Tchinda, one of their most beloved women, especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans. Tchinda sells "coxinhas" by day and in the evening is responsible for security at her bar as music and grog, the famous local rum permeates every corner of the island.
In February the island evolves as thousands of people pack into the streets for Carnival. The previous days are hectic and the locals work together to make something beautiful out of nothing, they recycle everything they can to create a structure that will be every day more magic.
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 6, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Feb 2, 2016 -- 12:00 PM