West Africa is the heart of Africa’s film industry. The comedies, shorts, and videos give voice to the next generation of young Africans.

The West African Film Festival will screen the following films in partnership with the follow Host Institutions:

Thursday- February 11, 2021 from 5pm until 7pm

Host Institution: Texas A&M University

Films: Wash Your Hands, The Nets, Racially Constructed, and Canvas for a Visa

Monday – February 22, 2021 from 7pm until 9pm

Host Institution: UHCL (University of Houston, Clear Lake) – 7pm until 9pm

Films: Pepper Soup and Racially Constructed

Tuesday- February 23, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm

Host Institution: Prairie View A&M University – 6pm until 8pm

Films: Racially Constructed, Shades of Lagos, and Orange Story

Thursday – February 25, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm

Host Institution: Rice University – 6pm until 8pm

Film: Bronze men of Cameroon

Friday- February 26, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm

Host Institution: TSU – 6pm until 8pm

Film: Mamakron

Followed by a Live Wrap Up Mixer feating Nigerian DJ – Playing West African music

Saturday- February 27, 2020 from 12 pm – 2 pm

Host Institution: Houston Community College – 12pm until 2pm

Films: Homestay and Bikutsi

West Africa is a region of astonishing beauty, a mosaic of peoples and cultures and the source of much of American contemporary music. It’s also the heart of Africa’s film industry. Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Senegal produce some of the most compelling documentaries and dramas being filmed today. The comedies, shorts, and music videos give voice to the next generation of young Africans as they reach out to the world through films.

Even though most African Americans would trace their ancestry to the countries of West Africa, news from the region is often limited to crisis reporting. It’s time to start a new conversation, one that promotes a better understanding of the creativity, richness, and diversity of West Africa.

The West African Film Festival will present films that are either from the region, by West African artists, or are about the life and culture of West Africa. We will screen those films that provide insight into the complexity and diversity of the region and that give the viewer realistic perspectives on the people, culture, art, history, and

politics. It is a journey to West Africa, through the voices and talent of its people.

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