The 12th African Film Weekend will be held Sept. 16-17 at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium.

This event, held each fall, gives faculty, staff, students and the greater Richmond community the opportunity to learn about cultures and issues through the best filmmaking productions Africa offers.

The theme for this year’s film weekend is “The Preservation of the Planet and its Cultures.” Frank Ukadike, a professor of film studies in the Department of Communication with a joint appointment in the Program of Africa and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University, will serve as presenter of the film series, offering commentary and leading a Q & A during each screening.

The screening schedule is as follows:

  • “Price of Love” (Ethiopia), Sept. 16, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • “African Metropolis” (Short Films), Sept. 17, 8 a.m.
  • “Crumbs” (Ethiopia and Spain), Sept. 17, 9:45 a.m.
  • “Black November” (Nigeria), Sept. 17, 11 a.m.
  • “The Shore Break” (South Africa), Sept. 17, 2 p.m.

More information about each film is available online.

African Film Weekend is part of a larger cultural celebration of Africa throughout September, which also includes two lectures, each held in the International Center Commons.

  • On Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m., Leonard Muaka from Howard University, will present, “The Role of African Languages in the U.S. Academy of the 21st Century.”
  • On Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Garth Myers from Trinity College, will present, “Urban Environments in Africa: Sustainable Development and Grassroots Socio-Environmental Justice.”

The Office of International Education, the Media Resource Center, the International Studies Program, the Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures, and the Department of Geography cosponsor these events, which are free and open to the public.

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