United States of Africa
African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi is on a 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 (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 is refusing to accept the role of victim, the film is a call for Africans to rise up, take a stand and take control of their continent and their destiny.
2011, 75 min 01 s
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Prix de la critique et de la Cinémathèque québécoise
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
Du 9 au 20 novembre 2011, Montréal - Canada
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