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.
Doin' It in the Park: Pick Up Basketball-Nyc (#601) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
The Carrier (#701) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Two Jamaicans - a young single mother and a leading human-rights activist - must flee their homeland in the face of endemic anti-gay violence. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
Ladies' Turn (#702) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In Senegal, a non-profit organization uses soccer as a powerful tool for promoting gender equality, presenting new female role models, and helping women and girls develop important leadership and teamwork skills.