About This Season
Hosted by the producers themselves, this season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange brought an innovative spin to the usual formula, and brought a large number of titles into the AfroPoP lexicon starting with its innovative web-interactive engagement campaign around the 2009 earthquake disaster in Haiti.
Sanza Hanza: King Surfer
Sanza Hanza, a Zulu dialect term for King Surfer, follows V.I.R.U.S (Very Intelligent Riders Usually Survive), a gang of young train surfers in the South African slums of Soweto. The documentary intimately captures the bleak, almost existential outlook exhibited by many of the best train surfers as they search for the ultimate ride.
RiseUp: Reggae Underground
A journey into the heart of Jamaica — the island that gave birth to the worldwide cultural phenomenon of reggae. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, three courageous artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history.
125 Franco's Blvd.
When a community is in the process of development and gentrification, what happens to the art and culture that represents the people of that community? With colorful strokes, Franco the Great has been painting murals on storefront gates in Harlem for 40 years. Who will step up and preserve Franco’s art in the wake of big plans to change the city?
Exploring the effect of Colombia’s civil war on the people of the Colombian Pacific region, an area that remained a mining frontier on the periphery of the nation’s development. This film is a portrayal of the tragedy of uprooting; a detailed tale about struggle and resilience; a bittersweet story of loss, love, family, and dreams.
Mrs. Goundo's Daughter
The story of a young mother’s quest to keep her baby daughter healthy and whole. It is also the story of the African tradition of female genital cutting — which dates back thousands of years — and how it affects people’s lives in just two of the many places where the practice is being debated today.
The Other Side of Water: Journey of a Haitian Rara Band
Follow a 20-year journey of the Haitian-American community, told through the lens of a vodou-based walking band in Brooklyn. The music is called rara: part-carnival, part-vodou ceremony, and part-grassroots protest. This documentary focuses on the poetic visionary Pé Yves as he strives to keep this musical art form alive.
Based on true stories from the life of dancer Nora Chipaumire, who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. Using performance and dance, Nora brings her history to life in a swiftly-moving poem of sound and image, offering an insight into both her life and Zimbabwe’s history and political struggles.
Haiti: One Day, One Destiny
Filmmaker Michele Stephenson visits Haiti after one of the world’s most devastating earthquakes. The film gives a glimpse of the emotional impact this tragedy has from the prospective of the thousands of Haitians living outside of Haiti who have been engaged in the recovery from the onset and will most likely be the ones to continue the story.