AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL is second event in African Unity Festival 2009

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2008
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance
972-661-2764 Photos are available

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL is second event in African Unity Festival 2009

DFW International Community Alliance is proud to present the region's first African Film Festival as part of the African Unity Festival.  The African Film Festival is the second event in the five-weekend festival, and will be held on Saturday, April 25, at SMUs Meadows School of the Arts, from 1pm to 5 pm.  Four films will be shown that represent multiple African nations and social issues, and will be presented in their original language, with English subtitles.   Admission is FREE.  The African Film Festival is supported by SMU's Meadows School of the Arts.

Following is the list of films scheduled for African Film Festival 2009. For more information, call our office at 972-661-2764

Theater 1:  Recommended for children, youth, families

1:00 pm - God grew tired of us - Sudan
award winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
Directed by Christopher Quinn
An uplifting documentary that follows the resettlement in the United States of three young men uprooted as children by the civil war in Sudan. Capturing their wonder at things Westerners take for granted, this documentary paints an intimate portrait of strangers in a strange land and makes you proud of what America offers to the rest of the world and worried that it can't keep its promises. 90 min
2:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION on Refugees and Adjustment to Cultural Differences in USA
3:00 pm - War Dance Uganda
nominated for a 2008 Academy Award
Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix
Set in civil war-ravaged Northern Uganda, this extraordinary film follows the lives of three youngsters who attend school in a refugee camp and find hope through a rich tradition of song and dance. Over the course of three months, the film's creative team observes the three youngsters as they prepare for the event and gain their confidence enough to have them discuss the horrors they have experienced and express their individual fears, hopes, and dreams.
107 min

Theater 2:  Recommended for teens and adults

1:00 pm – ‘Angels in the Dust’ – South Africa
nominated for a 2009 Academy Award

Directed by Louise Hogarth
The inspiring story of a courageous, loving South African woman who abandons a life of luxury to open a home and school for 500 orphaned children who are suffering from AIDS. For a nation overwhelmed by an epidemic of HIV/AIDS, orphans, rape, violence, and apartheids ugly legacy , the film offers a pathway of hope and shows that one person can create change and be a noble model for the future. 95 min
2:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION on AIDS in Africa

3:00 pm film selection pending

An event flyer can be downloaded from the website at

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page HERE or call 972-661-2764. Photos of this event are available.