About This Series
Hosted by film, television and stage actor Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), season six of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange brings to viewers five compelling documentaries on contemporary African Diaspora. From the basketball courts in New York City's parks to a United Nations "special court" in Freetown, Sierra Leone, these five stories capture, examine and share the lives of individuals and communities from around the world.
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), and co-presented by American Public Television (APT).
Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC
Pick-up basketball is not just a sport but a way of life. Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "mecca" of the sport.
Exploring the birth and journey of India Jazz Suites, an East-meets-West collaboration featuring Kathak master/guru Pandit Chitresh Das and tap star Jason Samuels Smith. A film about an unlikely friendship bridging gaps, Upaj:Improvise also tells of the path of hope and redemption after loss, struggle and perseverance.
War Don Don
In Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, Issa Sesay is awaiting trial. Prosecutors say he is a war criminal. Defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and helped bring peace to the country. War Don Don puts international justice on trial for the world to see - finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, but also opaque.
Stories from Lakka Beach
Ravaged by civil war, life on the picturesque beach village of Lakka, Sierra Leone, continues but not the tourism industry. Five villagers - including a fisherman and a politician - reveal deep and profound moments of their lives and of the community in a story about life after war.
Boys of Summer
On the island of Curaçao, manager Vernon Isabella's Little League All-Stars have won a spot in the World Series for seven consecutive years. Boys of Summer explores the universally beloved pastime of baseball, and the story of carrying the privilege and burden of a nation's pride against all odds.
The story of a young woman and her brother fighting for survival while being smuggled into the U.S. on a fishing vessel. Passage is a part of AfroPop's Caribbean Heritage Month collection.
Since 1996, the U.S. has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have been convicted of crimes. Through a series of portraits, Deported gives voice to the former offenders and their families, leaving viewers to ponder the multifaceted impact of repatriation and whether it creates more problems than it solves.
When a barrel arrives from London bearing an unwelcome parcel, a caregiver in Barbados makes a hasty decision with lasting consequences.
A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. While his joyful classmates respond, Tom, a quiet 10-year-old boy, slips away.
Smallman is Richard Mark Rawlins' personal exploration of the real and imagined worlds that his father, Kenwyn, made in the workshop beneath their house.