Where: Portland Community College’s Cascade Festival of African Films

When: Thursday, February 11th @ 7pm

Beats of the Antonov
by hajooj kuka

Join Portland Community College at their 25th annual Cascade Festival of African Films for a screening of Beats of the Antonov. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

About the Cascade Festival of African Films: The Cascade Festival of African Films is committed to developing knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the richness, complexity, and diversity of African peoples and their cultures, and creating an audience for African film in Portland, Oregon.

Beats of the Antonov Conversation Starter: Albaquir Elafeef says, “Inside every Northerner there’s a tiny Arab. He sees the world and himself through these Arab eyes. That is why we see ourselves as ugly and our color dreadful. We want to alter our skin to get Arabic features. Having fake identities we want to transmit our fakeness to others…We went on [a] quest to transform all these people into what they should be, not what they are. We want to transform them into what we want them to be like.” What do you think motivates people to make over others in their own image and then reject those who don’t conform? Where do you see this process occurring in your own community? What strategies might be effective in disrupting this process?

For more prompts for discussion, take a look at Beats of the Antonov Discussion Guide.

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POV Staff
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