Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis + Other Emmy Season Drama Actresses Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood Watch: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis + Other Emmy Season Drama Actresses Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood Teaser: Tahir Jetter's Dark Romantic Comedy, 'Occasionally Dating Black Women' Teaser: Tahir Jetter's Dark Romantic Comedy, 'Occasionally Dating Black Women' ‘Straight Outta Compton’ May Be F. Gary Gray's Best. So What’s Your Opening Box Office Prediction? ‘Straight Outta Compton’ May Be F. Gary Gray's Best. So What’s Your Opening Box Office Prediction? Bill Duke Attached to Direct Ensemble Dramedy About a Wealthy, Dysfunctional Black Family Bill Duke Attached to Direct Ensemble Dramedy About a Wealthy, Dysfunctional Black Family 'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series 'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' Nollywood Is a Genre of Nigerian Film & Not the Entire Nigerian Film Industry (Watch Al Jazeera's New Documentary) Nollywood Is a Genre of Nigerian Film & Not the Entire Nigerian Film Industry (Watch Al Jazeera's New Documentary) It Looks Like 'Beasts of No Nation' Will Be THE "Black Film" in Awards Season Contention This Year - With 9 Other Potentials It Looks Like 'Beasts of No Nation' Will Be THE "Black Film" in Awards Season Contention This Year - With 9 Other Potentials Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Preview "United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop" (Screenings In Canada, USA, South Africa)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 24, 2012 at 12:22PM

From producer/director Yanick Letourneau comes the feature documentary, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop, co-produced (and distributed) by the National Film Board of Canada (we've shared a lot of work from them here on S&A over the years).
0
United states of Africa

From producer/director Yanick Letourneau comes the feature documentary, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop, co-produced (and distributed) by the National Film Board of Canada (we've shared a lot of work from them here on S&A over the years).

It already received a theatrical release in Canada, and will next screen on 4 Canadian broadcasters (Tele-Quebec, SuperChannel, Documentary and Radio-Canada).

It will also be broadcast on SABC 1 in South Africa later this year.

And for those in the USA, the critically-acclaimed, festival-played film will premiere on May 15th, for a 2 month run, on InDemand (www.indemand.com), the TV VOD/PPV service.

The film's synopsis reads:

Testifying to the power of music to stoke political consciousness, United States of Africa follows African rapper Didier Awadi as he tours 40 countries as part of a tribute to black leaders. Awadi is passionate, articulate, committed—and a great musician to boot. Through him, hip hop arrives at its 360-degree point, coming back to the continent from which its pioneers were taken and redeeming the music they used to speak to that injustice. The film also outlines the tragic defeats of various African leaders who were thwarted in their progressive aims, often by Western powers. This documentary gives us a picture of the past and hope for the future, all through the lens of music and politics. More than any genre except folk, rap has fused those two things; this is a stirring example of that fusion and the power it can have.

United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop premiered at RIDM 2011 in Montreal where the film won the Critics Choice Award.

You can "like" the film via its Facebook page HERE.

Watch its trailer and check out one-sheet below:


Shadow & ActNewsletter