Friday, June 20, 2014

Wanda's Picks Friday, June 20, 2014

We open with an interview with Angelique Kidjo, Grammy award-winning recording artist deemed "Africa's greatest living diva" by NPR. In addition to international touring, she has used her visibility to campaign for women's rights, provide education opportunities for girls, and support environmental initiatives. She performs Sat., June 21, 2014, 8 p.m. at the Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 392-4400

Thomas Allen Harris, Director
We close with an interview with Thomas Allen Harris, dir., Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the Emergence of a People, which is a part of Frameline38 and scenes June 21, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Visit

Deborah Willis & Thomas Allen Harris
Following an award-winning festival run, which saw Through a Lens receive an African Oscar for Best Diasporic Documentary (African Movie Academy Awards,) Social Justice Award (Santa Barbara International Film Festival,) Programmers' Best Documentary Award (Pan African Film Festival,) along with a TEDDY Award nomination (Berlin International Film Festival) and screenings all over the world, we will have our New York theatrical premiere Aug. 27 through Sep. 9 at Film Forum  This will be followed by a national theatrical release by First Run Features, one of the foremost art house film distributors in the country.  See also  

Music: Georges Lammon's "Dreaming Diaspora" (title track of CD); Gina Breedlove's "Cover Me" (for 1 Billion Rising); Angelique Kidjo's "Ive Got Dreams to Remember," Move on Up for Curtis Mayfield; and "Out of Africa" (all from Oyo); Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's "We the Common";  Billy Harper's "Knowledge of Self" with Amiri Baraka. 

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