Le film est un documentaire basé sur le témoignage de plusieurs femmes et porte sur les relations entre Africains Américanis, et les Africains du Continent.
The film is a documentary based on several women from the Pacific Northwest and focuses on the relationship between African Americans, and Continental Africans.
The four part documentary series shows some of the cultural, intellectual and spiritual journeys of a people with a common history and origin with the hope of promoting dialogue and increasing the spirit of understanding, friendship, solidarity and cooperation amongst Africans in the Diaspora.
Wairimu Kiambuthi, Kenya/USA, 2006; 60m.
AFRICANS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES A COMPARATIVE DISCUSSION
The documentary Africans and African-Americans was inspired by the need to create a visual medium developing beneficial partnerships through promoting understanding between Africans living in the United States. The FOUR part documentary series Africans and African-Americans shows some of the cultural, intellectual and spiritual journeys of a people with a common history and origin.
Many documentaries have been created to highlight African-American issues and many more have exported Africa through its wildlife, peoples and misfortunes yet there has been little attempt to weave stories based on the diversity and richness of both cultures. My hope is that the series Africans and African-Americans will promote dialogue and increase the spirit of understanding, friendship, solidarity and cooperation amongst Africans in the Diaspora.
The idea for this documentary was born in a cafeteria amidst a casual conversation between myself and a friend - the discussion evolved into an explorative analysis of racism and it's effects on the African and African-American communities, respectively. Engaged by my own curiosities, we concluded that the discussion needed to continue and broaden - I left the cafeteria knowing I had a story to tell.
The project's success is in it's affiliation to the local communities in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The documentaries are a glimpse into the interactions between Africans and African-Americans. It is important to underscore that the participants in the documentary Africans and African-Americans are educated, middle-class Africans and African-Americans whose visibility has been either under-represented or overshadowed by the media onslaught on crime and drugs within the Black community. This vibrant cross-section of the Black community dialogue in an uncensored, raw and thought-provocative manner that is quite timely.