“When I came to America my greatest desire was to give every African American I met Africa. And by that I mean, my love and understanding of it because I felt that through the enslavement process they were robbed of that. I came to America with the idea that African Americans would be open to me and was quite shocked when the first African American I met said to me, ‘I’m not African, I’m from Chapel Hill North Carolina and you people sold us.’” These are the words of African film director and producer from Kenya, Peres Owino.
Africans Vs African Americans
This was not the only encounter of its kind that Owino had when he relocated to Los Angeles, and was the inspiration for his 2014 documentary, Bound. Africans Vs African Americans. The documentary addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose this rift then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have divided and bound Africans and African Americans.
“This ground breaking film helps play a role in overcoming this dichotomy by showing individuals sitting down together and having an honest (and shockingly civil) conversation. And not that all of the topics featured were politically correct – that genuinely gave the film an honest dialogue about what black people across the Diaspora think, and how we got there. However, the film gets to the core of suggesting what is perhaps the only way we will get to understanding ourselves and each other,” Huffington Post (Ernest Owen).
Interviews with notable experts on African-American culture guide us through Bound and provides context for the interviews. Dr. Maulana Karenga (the founder of Kwanzaa) contextualized the Black Consciousness Movement; Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, explains some of the behavioral aspects of African-Americans; and Dr. Joseph Bailey exposes the psychology of slavery.
Winner – Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival
Winner – Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival
Winner – Best Film Directed by Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Int’l Film Festival
Nominee – 2015 AMAA for Best Diaspora Documentary
AfricAvenir’s Namibian film series “African Perspectives” premieres this highly acclaimed Kenyan/American documentary Bound. Africans Vs African Americans.
Date: Saturday, 30 January 2016
Where: Goethe Institute Windhoek, Fidel Castro Str, Windhoek
Entrance: N$ 40
#BOUNDAvAA has screened at over a dozen film festivals across US, Canada, Europe and universities including, Harvard University.
Watch the trailer here:
Author: David Nothling