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.
Days of Hope (#801H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
- KQED 9: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 -- 5:00am
Pan! Our Music Odyssey (#802H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Since the evolution of Pan - a musical instrument crafted from oil drums as early 1939 and perfected in the 1950s - steelbands have mushroomed in every corner of the planet. Each year, philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians come to Trinidad from all countries of the world to compete for the greatest Pan event: the Panaroma.
Tchindas (#803H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
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.