A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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United States of Africa hits iTunes and Sony Platform July 3 in the U.S.

Press release


Montreal, July 3, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada announces that the film United States of Africa will be available to U.S. consumers on iTunes and Sony Platform on Tuesday, July 3. Directed by Yanick Létourneau, this powerful documentary will also have a theatrical run in Canada starting July 27 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. Take a sneak peek at the trailer here: nfb.ca/film/united_states_africa_trailer. United States of Africa was produced by Périphéria Productions in co-production with the NFB.

The film focuses on African hip hop music pioneer Didier Awadi and his quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great Black revolutionary leaders and their struggle to realize a dream: a united, independent Africa. In this epic musical and political journey, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip hop activist artists, including Smockey (from Burkina Faso), M-1 of Dead Prez (United States) and ZuluBoy (South Africa).

Featuring a score by Ghislain Poirier as well as Awadi's own songs, United States of Africa draws the viewer into one artist's profound meditation on the power of music and the impact of political engagement—both individual and collective. A hopeful and compelling portrait of a continent whose politically aware youth are refusing to accept the role of victims, the film is a call for Africans to rise up, take a stand and take control of their continent and their destiny.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca