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Between Cultures: Recent African Shorts at the Pacific Film Archive

  • Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive Berkeley, CA United States (map)

Three award-winning portraits of African life, both on the continent and in the U.S. In Frances Bodomo’s Boneshaker, a family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for their troubled child. It stars Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Akosua Adoma Owusu’s spellbinding Kwaku Ananse brings to life a traditional Ghanian folktale, combining the contemporary with the mythological. Bentley Brown’s Faisal Goes Westfollows a Sudanese family to the U.S., where young son Faisal puts the family in a bind, triggering them to re-examine their American dream.

Frances Bodomo, Ghana/U.S., 2013, 13 mins, Color, Digital video file

Kwaku Ananse 
Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana, 2012, 25 mins, Color, DCP, From Piano

Faisal Goes West 
Bentley Brown, U.S./Sudan, 34 mins, Color, Digital video file

Total running time: 72 mins