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RESCHEDULED: READ Africa: Comparative Film Discussion

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Watch for a rescheduled date soon! 

Join Portia Cobb for a comparative film discussion about films inspired by African centric storytelling and the oral history structures in these films. 

Recommended viewing:  Based upon the acclaimed novel, Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton star in Half of a Yellow Sun, a beautiful sweeping story of two sisters caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire world.   Watch Half of a Yellow Sun on Hoopla or check out the DVD.   The novel is available for check-out at the library or on Overdrive.   A library card is required to borrow any physical or electronic materials.  

Portia Cobb is an associate professor of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is a video artist and producer of short experimental documentary whose videos and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Although trained as a filmmaker, she began using video because of its accessibility and immediacy in the field. Her work often investigates the politics of place and identity. Through her continuing documentation of urban and rural communities in America and West Africa, she draws upon memory and history "as a means of confronting forced movement and forgetting." Portia serves as director of the Community Media Project, an arts outreach program of the Film, Video, Animation and New Genres Department, teaching video production workshops for at-risk teens and media literacy for high school teachers. She also curates and administers two public screening programs: "Africa Beyond," and the "Producers’ Forum." Currently, she is teaching courses in Ethnographic Video Production and Radical Black Film.

READ Africa:  After the discussion, check out the other diverse and creative stories representing Africa's cultures and experiences now available in our library catalog.  These titles are generously provided by the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.