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LHAAFF: Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (Film Short Followed By Feature Film)
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Seattle, WA
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LHAAFF: Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (Film Short Followed By Feature Film)
Agizo ya Lumumba (Lumumba's Legacy)

On 17 January, 1961, Patrice Emory Lumumba was assassinated by regimes of domination and greed. On 17 January, 2014 we remember him as a hero of our regime of peace and empowerment.

Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing

Nearly two decades after the end of apartheid and Nelson Mandela's election as South Africa's first black president, the nation struggles to fulfill the promise of a transformed society. At the University of Cape Town's once all-white opera school, both the struggle and the promise are embodied in an enormously talented group of classical singers from the black townships. When the opera school opened its doors to black students after apartheid, faculty members were awed by the wave of gifted singers that poured in. Many learned opera in competitive community choirs in the townships, others heard it on television advertisements. Today, the school is two-thirds black and mixed race and is achieving greater success than ever propelling graduates to the world opera stage. Recent alumni are singing at The Metropolitan Opera and La Scala. Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (half of the title is in Xhosa, the native language of many of the black students) is a documentary and performance film following three of the opera school's top students through a year in the program. The filmmakers travel with the students from their home townships, where they've faced financial hardship and in some cases health struggles, to Cape Town, where they perform in the city's opera hall, once a flash point in the anti-apartheid movement, to New York where they sing at the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival. Along the way, they confront everything from racial politics to tuberculosis to their parents' fears that opera is not a suitable career.



Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (View)
104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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