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Cherif Keita's Film Highlights Lifetime Achievements of South Africa's John Dube

February 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm
By Anna Versen '14

Professor of French Chérif Keita had his film "Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube" shown in French on Mali's national television TM2 on Thursday, January 10. The documentary weaves together the life of John Dube, first President-General of the African National Congress, an 82-year old movement that brought about freedom and multiracial democracy in South Africa. The documentary not only shows the incredible vision and energy Dube had but also the various transnational and trans-racial links that made his work so important to South Africa's cultural and political history.

The film has been shown twice on the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corp), the second time ten days before the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup final in South Africa. The Afro-Caribbean Students Association will also host a screening and discussion of the film on February 12 to kick off Africa Week at Carleton.