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APSU Set to Host World Film Festival from Feb. 13 to March 19

By: Kara Zahn February 8, 2024

Sometimes in April movie poster

The 2024 APSU World Film Festival is set to kick off on February 13, promising an enriching cinematic journey through the lens of African cinema. Running until March 19, the festival will treat attendees to a captivating lineup of films, each exploring the theme of "Hopes and Dreams from the Bright Continent." 

Hosted by APSU’s Department of Languages and Literature, the World Film Festival is a cultural event designed for the students at our university community as a series of films from around the world produced in diverse languages. The festival is a rare opportunity for our students to watch and discuss recent movies produced internationally, the contents of which they would not otherwise be typically exposed. Such exposure to foreign cultures prepares our students to start a dialogue with their peers and faculty about the expectations and challenges of the global citizenry. 

"This year's guiding theme, 'Hopes and Dreams from the Bright Continent,' underscores our commitment to showcasing diverse narratives and voices from Africa," remarked Dr. Christophe Konkobo, a French professor in the Department of Languages & Literature and one of the festival organizers. "Through cinema, we aim to ignite conversations, challenge assumptions, and cultivate empathy among our community members." 

2024 World Film Festival: List of Films and Presenters 

All presentations start at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 

Ali Zaoua  (2000, Morocco), dir. Nabil Ayouch 

Presented by Dzavid Dzanic (Dept. of History and Philosophy)   

Tuesday, Feb. 20 

Amandla (2022, South Africa), dir. Nerina De Jager 

Presented by Don Sudbrink (Dept. of Agriculture)   

Tuesday, Feb. 27 

Shaina (2020, Zimbabwe) dir. Beautie Masvaure Alt 

Presented by Karen Sorenson (Dept. of Languages & Literature) 

Tuesday, Mar. 12 

Sometimes in April (2005, Rwanda) dir. Raoul Peck
Presented by Christophe Konkobo (Dept. of Languages & Literature) 

Tuesday, Mar. 19 

Eyimofe / This is My Desire (2020, Nigeria) dir. Chuko Esiri, Arie Esiri 

Presented by Philip Kwasi Elike (Department of Social Work)  

"We're thrilled to collaborate with the Department of History and Philosophy and the International Studies Minor to bring this festival to life," said Dr. Konkobo. "By bridging disciplines and perspectives, we hope to enrich the educational experience of our students and foster a deeper appreciation for global citizenship." 

Before each screening, attendees will hear from APSU faculty members who will contextualize the films within broader cultural and social contexts. For 2024, faculty members presenting films or involved in the festival came from Languages & Literature, History & Philosophy, Agriculture, and Social Work. 

All screenings will take place at Austin Peay in the Art & Design Building’s Heydel Hall (AD 120) and are open to all students, faculty, and staff free of charge. The festival is made possible thanks to generous support from the Department of Languages & Literature and a SASI grant. Films are not rated and may contain disturbing language and images. 

For more information about the APSU World Film Festival 2024, please contact Dr. Christophe Konkobo at konkoboc@apsu.edu.

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