Upcoming Events

September 18, 2014

Exhibition Opening and Artists Talk — Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum

La Sombra y el Espíritu III/Bodies of Resistance, Roots of Remembrance: The Work of Stephen Hayes, Louis Luma and Lucía Méndez Rivas

This exhibition brings together three talented artists from North Carolina (USA), Haiti, and the Dominican Republic to help set the stage for a project in historical memory-making. In effect, this exhibition reunites pieces of Africa that became diaspora but persisted and survived through active resistance and spiritual remembrances.

La Sombra y el Espíritu III/Bodies of Resistance, Roots of Remembrance: The Work of Stephen Hayes, Louis Luma and Lucía Méndez Rivas is on display at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from September 18 through November 28, 2014.

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Start: September 18, 2014 7:00 pm
End: September 18, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Brown Gallery
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Cost: Free

September 23, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – “Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions”

Troop 491: the Adventures of the Muddy Lions
Dir: Praheme /Feature/USA/ English/105 minutes /2013

Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions follows Tristan, a naïve adolescent boy coping with life in the inner city. Tristan’s mother enrolls him in the Boy Scouts in an effort to keep him off the streets, but when he witnesses a homicide, the local thug demands the boy’s silence. Tristan learns, with the help of his new Scout friends, that doing the right thing isn’t always easy. Will he follow the code of the streets or will he follow the code of the Scouts?

 

 

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Start: September 23, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 23, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free

September 25, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – Lunch and a Movie Series, Short Film Series

We Four Queens

Dir: Stefan Dezil / Short/ USA /English / 7 min.

Four elegant women get together to play a game of poker to compete for the ultimate prize.

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Dir: Moon Molson / Short/ USA /English / 13 min./2014

Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at Vivien Thomas projects in Harlem to tell Sayeeda Porter that her son has been killed in the war in the Middle East. The only problem is…Sayeeda isn’t ready to hear that.

The End Again

Dir: Crystal C. Roberson / Short/ USA /English / 16 min./2014

Joe and Jane have reached an impasse. It’s moving day. But knowing that it’s over doesn’t make it any easier to walk away. The mood is somber yet routine as Jane prepares their tea like she’s done so many times before and Joe helps her pack up the last of her belongings even as she prepares to walk out of his life. Throughout the day they muse on memories shared and rehash old arguments. Still the outcome remains the same. It’s over.  In the end, their final farewell is emotional yet cold. Jane leaves. Joe is left alone. The end has arrived. Or has it?

The Waves

Dir: Venise Stephenson / Short/ USA /English / 8 min./2013

A woman meets a stranger who entices her for a swim in the deep, dark, seductive waves.

Vivre

Dir: Maharaki MJ / Short/Guadeloupe /French with English subtitles / 13 min./2013

A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While his joyful classmates respond, Tom, a quiet 10 year old boy, slips away.

Record and Play

Dir: Jesse Atlas / Short/ USA /Bosnian and English with English Subtitles / 11 min./2011

An award-winning sci-fi love story where war, fate, and a broken walkman transcend space and time. If you could go back into time and rewrite an event that has always haunted you, would you? Mustafa Shakir and Indian actress Deepti Gupta star in Jesse Atlas’ time traveling sci-fi short about a malfunctioning cassette tape.

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Start: September 25, 2014 12:00 pm
End: September 25, 2014 1:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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September 30, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film (Double Feature) – “Melvin and Jean: An American Story” and “Jazz Mama”

Melvin and Jean: An American Story

[Dir: Maia Wechsler/Documentary/USA /English/60 min./2012]

Melvin and Jean: An American Story is a poignant tale of two people, the radical 60’s, crime in the name of a cause, and second chances. As a young couple in 1972, the McNairs made news when they hijacked a plane from Detroit to Algeria to join the international section of the Black Panthers. After serving several years in prison in France for the hijacking, the McNairs remained in France and, for 35 years, have lived as model citizens in their adopted country. Forty years after the fact, the two are still coming to terms with their crime and its lifelong consequences as they try to gain the freedom to return home without spending the rest of their lives behind bars in America.

Jazz Mama

[Dir: Petna Ndaliko/Documentary/Congo /French and Lingala with English subtitles/30 min./2010]

La femme Congolaise—courageous and industrious despite the unpredictable turbulence of life. She continues to fight for, taking on roles previously reserved for men. Demonstrating their incredible strength and their faith in their ability to continue their own advancement, these women stand strong in their communities even as they denounce the rape and the violence they experience. “Both earth and mother, she is the foundation, like Kinshasa herself, scorned and beloved.”

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Start: September 30, 2014 7:00 pm
End: September 30, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free

October 2, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – “The Reconstruction of Asa Carter”

The Reconstruction of Asa Carter

Dir: Douglas Newman /Documentary/USA /English/58 min./2013

Forrest Carter was best known for his autobiography, The Education of Little Tree. A memoir about his life as a Cherokee orphan in the Tennessee hills, the book was embraced by critics as a seminal work of Native American literature and became a NY Times bestseller. But Forrest Carter was neither Cherokee nor an orphan. He was actually Asa Carter, the notorious white supremacist and KKK leader. He gained national attention when his followers attacked Nat King Cole on stage, and local notoriety for his involvement in a shootout. Most notably, he penned George Wallace’s famous 1963 ‘Segregation now, Segregation forever’ speech.

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Start: October 2, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 2, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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October 7, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – “Al Helm (The Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine”

Al Helm (The Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine

Dir: Connie Field / Documentary / USA / English / 96 min. / 2014]

In March 2011, Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, travelled to the Holy Land to film his play about King as it is performed by the Palestinian National Theatre and an African-American gospel choir and presented to audiences all over the West Bank. The resulting cultural exchange, creatively exciting, often emotionally charged, and not without tension or tragedy, gives each group a greater understanding of the other and unites them in the common and inspiring bond of artistic endeavor. Al Helm illustrates the transformative power of art and how it can move us towards understanding. 

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Start: October 7, 2014 7:00 am
End: October 7, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free

October 9, 2014

The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture – by Karol Mason, Assistant US Attorney General

Karol Mason, UNC alum and Assistant United States Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs will deliver the 22nd Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture.

Mason was nominated as Assistant United States Attorney General by President Barack Obama on February 13, 2013. Her appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 25, 2013. As head of the Office of Justice Programs, she oversees an annual budget of more than $2 billion dedicated to supporting state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies; an array of juvenile justice programs; a wide range of research, evaluation, and statistical efforts; and comprehensive services for crime victims.

Mason received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was note editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. She received her A.B. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as a member of the university’s board of trustees from 2001 to 2009, and received the university’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2013. Among her many other honors is a Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice, awarded by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2011.

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Start: October 9, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 9, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free

October 21, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – “Black and Cuba”

Black and Cuba

[Dir: Robin Hayes / Documentary / USA / English / 82 min. / 2013

A diverse group of street-smart students are outcast at an elite Ivy League university, band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. While filming their poignant encounters with AfroCuban youth, the American travelers question if either nation is post-racial or color blind. This documentary combines edgy archival footage, hip hop styled narration with exuberant scenes of island life to uncover renewed hope for equality and human rights.

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Start: October 21, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 21, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free

October 23, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film – “Reembarque/Reshipment”

Reembarque/Reshipment

[Dir: Gloria Rolando/ Documentary/Cuba /Spanish with French and English subtitles /59 min./2014]

The voices of prominent historians join the memories of Haitians and their descendants in Cuba to understand a chapter of the complex economic and social history of the Caribbean: the presence in the Island of Cuba of thousands of West Indian laborers, especially from Haiti, who fertilized the fields of Cuba with their sweat from the beginning of the twentieth century. This film is a tribute to the unsung, anonymous heroes who were a bridge between two peoples in the Caribbean: Cubans and Haitians.

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Start: October 23, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 23, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free

October 28, 2014

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film (Double Feature) – “Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense” and ” Agizo Ya Lumamba”

October 28 at 7pm, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense

Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson / Feature / Sweden, USA, Denmark, Finland / English subtitles / 85 min. / 2014

Based on Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth narrated by Lauryn Hill with Preface by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. A compelling visual narrative about African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s. Concerning Violence combines archival footage on Africa’s confrontation with colonial power along with singer Lauryn Hill’s narrative taken from liberation philosopher Frantz Fanon’s seminal anticolonial text, The Wretched of the Earth. From the director of The Black Power Mixtape.

 Agizo Ya Lumumba

Dir: Jobson Katondolo / Short / Congo / English subtitles / 4 min. / 2013

On 17 January, 1961, Patrice Emory Lumumba was assassinated by a regimes of domination and greed. On 17

January, 2014 we remember him as a hero of our regime of peace and empowerment. Agizo ya Lumumba was recorded during SKIFF 2013 in a workshop by Petna Ndaliko. Featured Musicians (in order of appearance): Jobson Madibo, B-Chris, Bin G, Fal G, DJ Couleur. Music produced by Bokande Kataliko MP3 Featured Dance Group: Street Dancers (finalists for 2013 Dance Competition). Video by TD Muhindo, Job Madibo and Ally. 

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Start: October 28, 2014 7:00 pm
End: October 28, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
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Cost: Free
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