SHSU Encourages Discussions Of Diversity Through Documentary Filmmaking

Coinciding with Black History Month, Sam Houston State University will host the Africa World Documentary Film Festival to promote the experiences and culture of the people of Africa, in a Pan-African context, Feb. 15-16.

This international festival will feature documentaries by filmmakers that focus on the African world and will offer extraordinary opportunities for audience engagement and learning. Some of the major subjects covered in these documentary films are culture, environment, history, gender, religion, race, as well as human rights issues.

The first film “Desert Wounds,” by Israeli director Nili Dotan, tells the story of Christian African Women from Sudan and Eritrea who fled persecution at the hand of Muslims in their countries and are seeking asylum in Israel. The film follows their attempt to build a new life over a period of 5 years, while living under constant threat of deportation. This film screening will take place on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center theater, and a Q&A session with Dotan will follow.

“When Paul Came Over the Sea” by German filmmaker Jakob Preuss will be shown on Feb. 16 at noon in the Dan Rather Communications Building, room 125. It tells the story of Paul, a Cameroon refugee, and his dangerous voyage across Europe and the strong friendships he forms while in the midst of political and mental turmoil.

Both films will be narrated in English. Admission is free and open to the public.

T-shirts and door prizes will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for the Feb. 15 event.