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.
First Friday (#804H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
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Shorts Program: My Africa Is & Native Sun (#805H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
My Africa Is peers into the soul and spirit of Nairobi through three stories of innovation. Viewers will meet game developers who create African superheroes to inspire Kenyan youth; a self-taught engineer who builds drones as a solution to Kenya's poaching problem and trains youth in the technology to build human capacity; and two punk rock bands that are part of a growing rock scene in Nairobi. Along the way viewers will be introduced to the city, a restless and bustling metropolis with a musicality and energy that only locals can fathom. Meet the Africa that most don't know but which is the reality of millions..
Native Sun follows Mumin, a precocious young boy who makes the long trip to Accra from his home in Ghana's rural northern region. He leaves, having just experienced his mother's death. Her last words to him were a directive to find the father he has never met.
The Carrier (#701) Duration: 1:26:51 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
This episode follows the compelling story of Mutinta, an HIV-positive and pregnant mother in Zambia trying to protect her unborn child from HIV/AIDS.