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Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film Kickoff

Join the Stone Center as we open the 2018 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film with an examination of the 1976 film Countdown at Kusini. The film, which starred Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, was produced and financed by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was the first film financed and produced by a black organization and filmed entirely in Africa. Despite the efforts of everyone involved, the film tanked at the box office and fell into obscurity.


The event will include a showing of the film as well as a documentary entitled Kusini: The Pride and the Sabotage, directed by award-winning filmmaker S. Torriano Berry. Berry will be in attendance for a panel discussion, which will also include UNC professor Charlene Regester and filmmaker Natalie Bullock-Brown. This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are encouraged.

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