AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE, the innovative documentary series on contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Four films introduce powerful stories: African boxers journey across the Atlantic to match their skills against the best in the world; a teenage girl travels to Ghana and an expatriate from Sierra Leone returns to his homeland, each hoping to dispel prevailing myths about the two countries; and, Hurricane Katrina victims find themselves refugees in their own country.


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AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange By Episode

  • Upaj: Improvise (#602)

    Sixty-eight-year-old artist Das exemplifies the elegance and mathematical precision of kathak, a classical dance of North India.

  • Black Panther Woman (#1001)

    Inspired by their stylish African American brothers, the genesis of the Australian Black Panther's Brisbane chapter is recounted through the eyes of Marlene Cummins, who looks back on the best and worst experiences of this controversial Aboriginal group in 1971.

  • He Who Dances On Wood, Kojo and Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt (#1002)

    One man's search for joy has culminated in a constant experience of rhythm in the world around him in HE WHO DANCES ON WOOD.

  • The Faces We Lost (#1103)

    This moving documentary introduces nine Rwandans and chronicles their efforts to use photographs to help keep alive memories of loved ones lost during the 1994 genocide.

  • While I Breathe, I Hope (#1104)

    The film follows the against-all-odds 2014 campaign of Bakari Sellers, a young, black Democrat running for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.

  • Short Films (#1105)

    This episodes features an eclectic selection of three short programs: the animated documentary black enuf, the story of a "queer oddball" on a quest for acceptance and self-love while exploring expanding ideas of black identity; Swimmin' Lesson, a poetic and moving tale of one young father's recollection of his son's fate during Hurricane Katrina; and Dressed Like Kings, an insightful look at the South African pageant where men compete in formal wear for the title of the "Best and Freshest" dresser.

  • Mama Colonel (#1102)

    Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the program follows Honorine Munyole, known as Mama Colonel, as she leads a special police force charged with addressing violence against children and women in a country struggling to heal the wounds of war.

  • Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba! (#1101)

    Using archival performance footage and interviews with those who knew her best, and with Makeba herself, the documentary examines the life of the iconic South African singer and activist.

  • My Friend Fela and Birth of Afrobeat (#1201)

    A new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, "My Friend Fela" is told through conversations with his close friend and official biographer, African-Cuban Carlos Moore.

  • Amina (#1202)

    The documentary follows the journey of an African immigrant woman living in Istanbul, Turkey and the cultural challenges she faces as she pursues her dreams.

  • Daddy and the Warlord (#1203)

    The documentary follows a daughter's captivating quest to understand why her father collaborated with three corrupt government leaders in Liberia and with the infamous war criminal Charles Taylor.

  • Gilda Brasileiro: Against Oblivion (#1204)

    The program tells the story of one woman's fight to expose the history of an illegal 19th century slave-trading post in the Brazilian rainforest, where hundreds of thousands of Africans were enslaved.

  • Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela and Spit On The Broom (#1205)

    A classic documentary by award-winning director Thomas Allen Harris, "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela" tells an intimate tale about an African-American family, the anti-apartheid movement, and the quest for reconciliation between a father and son.

  • Mama Gloria (#1301)

    Mama Gloria is a feature documentary about Gloria Allen, a 75-year-old Black trailblazing transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace.

  • Finding Sally (#1302)

    Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party.

  • Professional Black Girl (#1303)

    Covering everyday topics like hairstyles and hair care, personal fashion and style, Professional Black Girl (PBG) features a curated selection of episodes from the popular web series.

  • Film Shorts (#1304)

    Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business: There's no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar, even at age 93.

  • Bakoso: Afrobeats of Cuba (#1305)

    What does "Esta Rico" by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with "Made For Now" by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre's origin props.


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