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CMAST Pan-African Film & Literary Festival

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CMAST Pan-African Film & Literary Festival

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 5:00pm



In colourful celebration of African heritage, the committee to Commemorate and Memorialize the Abolition of the Slave Trades proudly presents the CMAST Pan-African Film & Literary Festival! The warmly anticipated 3-day event will feature exclusive films, authors and performance artists representing the Caribbean, Continental Africa, and their respective Diasporas – including traditional Ethiopian dance presentations by Nouvel Exposé Dance Troupe; the magical melodies of acclaimed African instrumentalist, Waleed Abdulhamid; and soul-stirring spoken-word by Kamau, Keisha-Monique, Um’Khondé and L.E.V.I.A.T.H.A.N. Facilitated by an esteemed panel of published authors and social activists, selected films include Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work; Breakin’ In; Thomas Sankara: On Burkina Faso and The Revolution; Generation Sacriifiée...Memoire Oubliée; Brother Future; and Traces of The Trade. Special features for the Festival include the launch of two newly published works by Dr. Afua Cooper Ph.D.: My Name is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom and My Name is Henry Bibb: A Story of Slavery and Freedom (Kids Can Press 2009). The CMAST Pan-African Film & Literary Festival will culminate with an intimate audience with Dr. Beverly Manley - an international social activist and wife of the former President of Jamaica, W.I.

CMAST is a community-based coalition formed to encourage education about the 200th anniversary of the British Parliament's legislation to end the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and to develop bicentennary commemorative events in the Greater Toronto Area. Headed by Dr. Afua Cooper, Ph.D. (historian, author, acclaimed dub poet), the members of CMAST work tirelessly to raise public awareness about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through public education. To date, the committee's efforts to disseminate this knowledge have been celebrated in the form of lectures, performances, exhibits, symposia, panel discussions, publications, on-line and multimedia material development, outreach to schools, and teach-ins.

Here are the dates and times:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 | 6 P.M. – 10 P.M. | $15 ($10 For U of T Students w/ Valid ID)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 | 1 P.M. – 9 P.M. | $15 ($10 For U of T Students w/ Valid ID)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 01 | 1 P.M. – 9 P.M. | $15 ($10 For U of T Students w/ Valid ID)



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