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Indigenous Film Festival - Heritage Africa

  • 10/25
  • 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
  • Humanities Lecture Hall

This is the third of four films in UNC Asheville's 2017 Indigenous Film Festival. Through cinema, the series will present the experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples around the world, not often reflected on American movie screens.

The screenings are free and open to everyone at 6 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall. A short Q&A will follow the film.

Heritage Africa, from 1989, was the second film directed by Kwaw Ansaw, who in 1998 was awarded the Acrag Prize, the Living Legend Award for Contribution to the Arts of Ghana.

An excerpt from theTimeOut London description of Heritage Africa: "Set in 1955 in the violent run up to Ghanaian independence, this  ambitious political drama follows the conversion of conscience of the first black District Commissioner, an anglicised Cambridge man so dedicated to his duties that he refuses to attend his mortally ill son. Ansah presents a diffuse political analysis - he is at pains to distinguish both between the 'enlightened self-interest' of the Governor and the cruder reactionary methods of sneering civil servant Snyper, and the rivalries in the 'Association of Freedom' led by Kwame Nkrumah."

The Indigenous Film Festival is curated and will be hosted by UNC Asheville faculty members Trey Adcock, assistant professor of education and director of American Indian Outreach; Agya Boakye-Boaten, associate professor of Africana studies and director of Interdisciplinary, International and Africana Studies Programs; Juan G. Sánchez Martinez, assistant professor of Spanish; and Jeremias Zunguze, assistant professor of Africana and Lusophone studies.


Nov. 15 – Rhymes for Young Ghouls – Set in 1976 on a Canadian Indian reserve, this film’s teenage protagonist is forced into a residential school and plots revenge.

All films will screen at 6 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall, free and open to everyone. For more information about the Indigenous Film Festival, contact Juan G. Sánchez Martinez at or 828.251.6277.


Contact for this event:

  • Juan Sánchez
  • 828-251-6277