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African Film Series to begin Oct. 30

The Fall 2012 African Film Series, part of the Global Studies degree program at Penn State Berks, will feature three films beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in room 101 of the Franco Building. Each film will be briefly introduced, with a discussion following the film. The movie nights are free and open to the public.

“War Dance,” winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and 2007 Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature, tells the story of the tens of thousands of children who have been abducted over the course of Uganda’s 20 years of civil war. Impacted by these circumstances are Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, who are growing up in the Patongo Internally Displaced Persons camp. As members of the Acholi ethnic group, they are victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army—a rebel movement that has perpetrated many atrocities—leading many other Ugandans to be suspicious of them. Nevertheless, they make an historic journey to compete in Uganda's national music and dance festival.

Two additional African film nights will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 4; these screenings are also both at 7 p.m. in room 101 of the Franco Building. “Yesterday” will be featured on Nov. 27, and “Shake Hands with the Devil” will be shown on Dec. 4.

For more information about the African Film Series, contact Dr. Randall Fegley, associate professor of history, at 610-396-6092 or via e-mail at RAF8@psu.edu

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