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African film series presents “War Dance” and “Endurance”

The Penn State Berks African Film Series will present the last two films of the semester: “War Dance” on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at 6 p.m. in room 151, Franco Building; and “Endurance” on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 7 p.m. in room 101, Franco building. These presentations are free and open to the public.

“War Dance” tells the story of the tens of thousands of children who have been abducted during Uganda’s twenty years of civil war. The film centers on Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, growing up in the Patongo Internally Displaced Persons Camp. As members of the Acholi ethnic group, they are victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel movement that has perpetrated many atrocities. Nevertheless, they take an historic journey to compete in Uganda's national music and dance festival. The film combines music, dance, and contemporary issues, and is the winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and also is a 2007 Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature.

“Endurance” is a docudrama about the famous distance runner Haile Gebrselassie with Gebrselassie playing the role of himself. It was written and directed by Leslie Woodhead and Bud Greenspan, and produced and released by The Walt Disney Company. The movie features Gebrselassie's upbringing in Ethiopia and his subsequent triumph in the 10,000-meter track event in the Atlanta Olympic Games of 1996.

The African Film Series is sponsored by the Global Studies degree program at Penn State Berks. For more information, contact Dr. Randall Fegley, associate professor of history, at 610-396-6092 or via e-mail at RAF8@psu.edu.

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