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Art Gallery of Hamilton

Exhibition Detail
United States of Africa
123 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

February 13th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
© Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Bloordale Village / The Junction
Tuesday & Wednesday 11am - 6pm, Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

The feature documentary United States of Africa follows African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi as he crafts a new album that shines a light on black revolutionary leaders - from Kwame Nkrumah to Thomas Sankara, from Malcolm X to Cheikh Antah Diop-who fought for the dignity of the African people, and for an independent united Africa. On a sprawling musical journey that takes him to some 40 countries, Awadi meets hip hop artists Smokey (Burkina Faso), M-1 from Dead Prez (United States) and Zuluboy (South Africa). His travels spark deeper reflection on the power of music and the potential for real political transformation on the continent: For any change to happen in Africa, engagement must go beyond music, beyond hip hop . United States of Africa takes the viewer into the heart of Africa, painting a hopeful and compelling portrait of a continent whose politically aware youth is refusing to lie down and accept the role of victim. The film is a call for Africans of all generations to take a stand, and take control of their continent and their destiny.

Director: Yanick Létourneau
Country: Canada, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 86 min
Rating: PG

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