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Volker Goetze et Ablaye SissokoDakarKora et trompette

An Exciting Return to Vancouver by German-born and New York City-based trumpeter Volker and kora player Ablaye Cissoko!

The music that German-born and New York City-based trumpeter Volker Goetze and Senegalese vocalist and kora player Ablaye Cissoko create, transcends both geographic and musical boundaries.

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VIFF 2012 Poster

Vancouver International Film Festival Empowered Film Previews

Congratulations to VIFF for bring four powerful African content films for the upcoming festival!
To find dates, locations and ticket information go to www.viff.org

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Musician Ablaye Cissoko.

Griot, A Must See Film!

The film is a window into the world of a Senegalese Mandinka Jeli (Griot) and musician Ablaye Cissoko. Through the film, Ablaye acts as a storyteller and mediator. His stories are very different from the ones we normally hear in the western world.

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VIFF Empowered Film Previews -Kinshasa Kids

This heart moving film in follows the story of one of the “witch children “from Kinshasa, Congo who had to flee to escape accusations at home. Taken in by a small band of street children, some of the estimated 30,000 that live on the street, he has a marginal existence.

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Former LA Lakers Star, Broadcaster, LA Dodgers Executive Tommy Hawkins Creates a Coffee Book of Narratives,

Former LA Lakers Star, Broadcaster, LA Dodgers Executive Tommy Hawkins Creates a Coffee Book of Narratives

Mr. Hawkins told me that he had been involved with poetry since his sophomore year at Notre Dame. He was fortunate to have an English Literature professor who specialized in poetry and told us that he would “make it sing in our souls.” In Mr. Hawkins, it succeeded and poetry “still sings in his soul.”

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Lost in Africa

Lost in Africa Film Review

I really enjoyed previewing this well done and suspenseful film about a an eleven-year-old boy named Simon who goes on holiday with his Danish mother to Kenya, his birth country. He gets lost from his hotel and chases after his prize soccer ball.

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Empowered Poet: Juliane Okot Bitek

Empowered Poet Juliane Okot Bitek

“I’m interested in how words can play with meaning and the possibilities that lie in layering a poem that can be read for beauty, for emotional appeal, for colour and sometimes for a deeper meaning that depends on the reader. It forces me to observe how many different combinations that words can be employed in and still be beautiful.”

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Empowered Movie Review, The Help

Empowered Movie Review, The Help

A writing project emerged, spearheaded by a young woman who was “raised” by a Nanny. She gathered together many stories of their lives and works at great risk to all involved. The result became the seeds of change which blossomed in unlikely areas, helping expand the perceptions of the townspeople.

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God No Say So

Empowered Documentary Reviews

God No Say So is an anti-war documentary which shows the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great suffering and adversity.

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The White Lion

The White Lion

The White Lion is a remarkable coming of age story with a surprising twist; the coming of age of a lion! Filmed on location near Johannesburg, South Africa.

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