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LHAAFF: Howl-N-Madd, Mississippi Blues Family Man & Mabele na Biso Our Land (Film Shorts)
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Seattle, WA
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LHAAFF: Howl-N-Madd, Mississippi Blues Family Man & Mabele na Biso Our Land (Film Shorts)
Santiago is Santiago, USA, 2013, 15 min (World Premiere)

Discover the Real Cuba: The island time forgot.
Where a rich home-grown culture thrives free of the
Commercialized World of American Mass Media!

In over 50 years since the revolution, Cuba's isolation has allowed the culture to evolve on it's own. In 2010, filmmaker Warren Haack went to Cuba on a lark to experience the music and ended up falling in love with the culture. He returned four more times to experience it and film this in-depth look at the music, dance, religion and everyday lives of the people; in the streets, homes and clubs where life throbs to a distinct, captivating rhythm.

Of all the cities he visited, the filmmaker found Santiago de Cuba to be the most alluring, vibrant and soulful. The mix of Nahual Indian, African and Spanish blood, combined with insulation from the mass entertainment we know so well, has created a culture unlike any other. Although the cars may be old fashioned, the music is revolutionary because it creates new genres by the fusion of styles that the originators had never envisioned. Suitable for a general audience.

Agizo ya Lumumba, Congo, 2013, 4 min

Directed by Jobson Katondolo.

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. Suitable for a general audience.

Howl-N-Madd, Mississippi Blues Family Man, USA, 2014; 26 min (World Premiere)

Growing up picking cotton in Mississippi, Bill Perry moved to Chicago to make a new life for himself. But his real success came when he returned 40 years later as 'Howl-N-Madd,' an engaging bluesman devoted to his music and his family. Suitable for a general audience.

Mabele na Biso Our Land, USA, 2013, 30 min (US Premiere)

'Aid' and 'Independence' are terms that riddle the rhetoric of Western engagement with and imagination of Africa. But what is independence in our increasingly globalized world? Mabele Na Biso (our land) takes us on a journey through time and space to explore one region's commitment to autonomy and self-determination. Through the unlikely story of a radio that has been modified to run on a generator fueled by locally produced palm oil, this film portrays a different story of African independence  one rooted in a history of defiance that has become a model of community engagement from independent educational systems to free, locally governed healthcare. Beyond offering a portrait into the community of Tolaw/Isangi, Mabele Na Biso invites the viewer to reflect on the true meaning of independence on a continent too often defined by a history of colonialism and domination.

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


Categories

Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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