DFW Internatinal Community Alliance
1:00 pm & 5:00 pm- 'Inch'Allah Dimanche' - Algeria
award winner at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival
Directed by Yamina Benguigui
Upon arriving in France with her three children, Zouina (Fejra Deliba), is sent off to live in a house that her husband has rented for them. Unfortunately, she quickly realizes that her husband has no intention of allowing her to see the country as it exists outside of the house, and is prohibited from leaving. Without friends and family and constantly under the surveillance of her domineering mother-in-law, Zouina finds her only source of relief is Sunday when her husband takes his mother out for the day and Zouina and the children are able to explore the outside world. 98 min
2:30 pm - 'Moolaade' - Burkina Faso
award winner at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival
Directed by Ousmane Sembene
Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembene makes an impassioned plea against the practice of salinde, or female circumcision, in this moving portrait of a society in transition. In a West African village run by uncompromising Muslim males, fiery Colle (Fatoumata Coulibaly) provides safe harbor for young girls fleeing their "cleansing" rituals. But what one man terms "a minor domestic issue" soon puts the whole town on the verge of bloodshed. 124 mins
1:00 pm & 5:00 pm – ‘Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony ’ – South Africa
award winner 2002 Sundance Film Festival
Directed by Lee Hirsch
Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid. Songs united those who were being oppressed and gave those fighting a way to express their plight. The music consoled those incarcerated, and created an effective underground form of communication inside the prisons. 108 mins

2:30 pm – 'Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love'- Senegal, Egypt
award winner 2009 Nashville Film Festival
Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Senegalese pop sensation Youssou Ndour has spent the last 20 years in the spotlight as a world-renowned musician. At the height of his career, Youssou became frustrated by the negative perception of his Muslim faith and composed Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. The album's brave musical message was wholeheartedly embraced by Western audiences but ignited serious religious controversy in his homeland of Senegal. The film chronicles the difficult journey Youssou must undertake to assume his true calling. 102 mins


Panel on Women's Issues : 
    Dr. Venus Opal Reese - Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at University of Texas at Dallas    
    Safia Ismail -
Founder of Somali Women's Association       
    Nancy Munga -
Catholic Charities of Dallas
    Zeinabou Sall -
Mosaic Family Women's Shelter
    Dr. Kamal Duiab -
Sudanese Physician

Panel on African Music and the Struggle for Justice: 
    Dr. Michael Varner -
Professor of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington
    Professor Gideon F. Alorwoyie -
Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Texas
    Ferdinand Bangirinama -
Director of Barundian Drummers    
    Baba Kwasi -
Founder and Director of Ayuba Kamau Sacred African Drum and Dance Society


For further information, contact Anne Marie Weiss at annemarieweiss@dfwinternational.org or 972-661-2764. 

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