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Film series begins September 11

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Date: Friday, August 29, 2003
Contact: Michael Marshall, (808) 974-7524

For Immediate Release

A University of Hawaii at Hilo Thursday evening film series featuring Cinema from Africa and the Diaspora kicks off on September 11 and will continue bi-monthly throughout the 2003-2004 academic year.

The suite will feature 16 evenings of independent and non-Hollywood productions which address the human drama from contemporary Black America and African perspectives. The series includes work by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Cameroon, Quartier Mozart (Prix Afrique en Creation, Cannes 1992), Souleymane Cisse, Mali, Yeleen 1987 (Jury Prize Cannes), Oumar Sissoko, Mali Guimba the Tyrant (winner of the Grand Prize at FESPACO 95), and Ousman Sembene, Senegal, Faat Kine 2000.

The first film is a short feature by John Fisher, How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1997. It is a fast paced independent production that breaks from the stereotypic formulas common to many contemporary films about African Americans. The light and upbeat romantic comedy follows the ups and downs of college kids in Georgia navigating the world of personal relationships and social politics.

Cinema from Africa and the Diaspora is a presentation of the Umoja and Student Art Association with support from the Office of the Chancellor, Edwin H. Mookini Library, Resident Life Program, Office for Student Affairs, and the Humanities Division.

All films are free to UH Hilo/Hawai`i Community College students with a current, valid ID. Admission for faculty, staff and the public is $3.00. Films will be shown in UCB 100 (New Classroom Building) starting at 6:30pm.

For disability accommodations, contact Susan Shirachi at the University Disability Services Office at (808) 933-0816.

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