By Hannah Zedaker
The SHSU Film Production program invites the public to attend the Africa World Documentary Film Festival on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of the university’s observation of Black History Month.
The film festival, which is co-sponsored by the University of Missouri at St. Louis, accepts film submissions which are then viewed publically, year-round, on an international level—in Africa, Europe, the United States and the Caribbean.
This is the first year SHSU has partnered with AWDFF.
One of the films featured in this year’s lineup is “Ota Benga,”produced by SHSU’s own Department of Mass Communication Chair and Professor, Jean Bodon, Ph.D. The film premiered last November at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.
“We celebrate and congratulate the extraordinary group of talented filmmakers who have employed their craft and skills in the exploration the experiences of people of African origin all around the world,” Festival Director ‘Niyi Coker, Jr., said.
According to the AWDFF website, the purpose to the program is “to promote knowledge and culture of the people of Africa, in a Pan-African context.”
The on-campus event will also host special guest Daniel Dombire Nyezinah, a filmmaker, producer, actor and SHSU student from Bolgatanga, Africa, who will provide some insight. The film festival will begin at noon and end at 7:00 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre on the campus of SHSU. The event is FREE and open to the public.