AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
About This Program
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, as a series, celebrates the cultural and historical growth that has occurred in the last generation using films tailored to a world audience from insightful, artful and often unique local perspectives. These films were carefully selected to portray a more balanced view of Africa than you’ll get on the nightly news and to provide fuel for what must be a global conversation on the present day realities and contemporary lifestyles of Africans, both on the continent and in the Diaspora.
AfroPoP is produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), distributed by American Public Television (APT), and supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Episodes from Season 8
Days of Hope
Weaving three immigrant stories into a unflinching portrait of courage and sacrifice as they travel across deserts and oceans from Africa to Europe in the hopes of providing a better life for the families they leave behind. As the narrative unfolds, we learn that each of the three characters has motivations very similar to those that drive us all.
PAN! Our Music Odyssey
Since the evolution of Pan, steelbands have mushroomed in every corner of the planet. Each year, orchestras of over 100 musicians come to Trinidad to compete for the greatest Pan event: the Panaroma. This is the story of the men and women who staked all on their art, and whose passion and daring has drawn them to the world championships.
Calm reigns in Sâo Vicente. Tchinda, one of the community's most beloved transgender women, prepares for Carnival in which the Cape Verdean island evolves as thousands of people pack into the streets. Leading up to the event, the locals work together to make something beautiful out of nothing, recycling everything to create a magical structure.
On the first Friday of every month, thousands gather in downtown Oakland. Rich & poor, young & old, black & white, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes attached to the city's cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril.
My Africa Is & Native Sun
Two short documentaries about the people of and the continent that is Africa. My Africa Is introduces the city of Nairobi, and peers into the soul and spirit of the bustling metropolis through three stories of innovation. Native Sun follows a young boy in search of his father while expanding the view of what Africa is and what it will be.