About This Series
Actor Nicholas L. Ashe, star of the acclaimed television show Queen Sugar (OWN), will host the 10th season of the groundbreaking "AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange." AfroPoP X brings to U.S. audiences a collection of documentary films focusing on issues of the arts, immigration, heritage, social justice and more - all examined through the lens of the African Diaspora. This season of the nation’s only public television documentary series on contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora includes Black Panther Woman, Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt, Kojo, He Who Dances on Wood, Between Two Shores, Ten Days in Africa, and Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance.
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is produced by Black Public Media (BPM), and co-presented by American Public Television (APT).
Black Panther Woman
Details the journey of Marlene Cummins, a member of the Australian Black Panther Party, and the fascinating yet little-known story of the indigenous Australian struggle for equality. Marlene also details her own struggle with addiction, the refuge she found in the arts, and her own quest to fight for women’s rights within the Black Panther Party.
Shorts Program: Lonnie Holley, Kojo and He Who Dances on Wood
An AfroPoP shorts program featuring an intimate portrait of a self-taught African-American visual artist and musical performer of Lonnie Holley from Birmingham, Alabama; the incredible story of Kojo, a twelve-year-old drumming prodigy; and follow the daily journey of Fred Nelson to find the secret joy and beauty of life in an old piece of wood.
Between 2 Shores
Johanna and Cristina, natives of the Dominican Republic, left their homeland in search of better lives in Guadeloupe. Although both found greater opportunities, they were forced to leave their children behind. Between 2 Shores offers a poignant look at the lengths families will go to stay together and the daily battles faced by many immigrants.
10 Days in Africa: A Home Movie
An insightful and humorous look at Regi Allen's journey to West Africa. The filmmaker travels to Ghana, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire with a group of other African Americans seeking to learn more about Africa and go beyond the stereotypes about the continent, exploring the differences and similarities between Africans and African Americans.
By acclaimed director and Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck, Fatal Assistance takes viewers on a two-year journey following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti. The film looks at the damage done by international aid agencies whose well-meaning but erroneous assumptions turned a nightmare into an unsolvable tragedy.