South London screening – “United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop” (UK)
The United States of Africa follows African hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi (Senegal) on his quest to create an album that pays homage to revolutionary African leaders. Following Awadi’s travels throughout the continent and beyond, this film looks at the use of hip-hop as a tool for social change and the engagement of African youth, who wish to be counted in their pursuit for their better Africa. This 2012 Canadian film release screens today, Friday, November 2nd in London! Read on…
African hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi (Senegal) is on a quest to pay tribute to the revolutionary African leaders, their struggle for self-determination, and their dream of a united, independent Africa. As he crafts his new album, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip-hop activist artists, including the outspoken Smockey (Burkina Faso), M-1 of Dead Prez (United States) and ZuluBoy (South Africa). Beyond music, this is a hopeful and compelling portrait of a continent whose politically aware youth is refusing to accept the role of victim, and an impassioned call for Africans to rise up, take a stand and take control of their destiny.
Directed by Yanick Létourneau.
Canada. 2012. 86 min. Print Source: filmmaker
In partnership with South by South at the South London Gallery.