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Welcome to the 5th E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival, sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African-American Studies, International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Through the art of documentary filmmaking, the AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide. In this 5th year we shall be presenting over 60 films submitted by filmmakers from Australia, Benin, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo, Cuba, DR Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Kenya Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Uganda, USA, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
We celebrate and congratulate the extraordinary group of talented filmmakers who have employed their craft and skills in the exploration of African subjects. The majority of subjects covered in these documentary films are Cultural, Historical, Religious, Social and Political issues, and Human Rights issues.
This year we are thrilled to announce a new major partnership with he Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) in Lagos, Nigeria. This is quie essential as CBAAC is the organization entrusted by he Federal Government of Nigeria to maintain the central mission of FESTAC; the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank Professor Tunde Babawale - Director/Chief Executive of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization for the confidence he has displayed in the festival, and look forward to the success of this partnership and shared mission.
In this 5th year we are fortunate to be in continued collaboration with the Missouri Historyl Museum in Saint Louis, University of West Indies in Barbados, University of Yaoundé in Cameroon and, "I Will Tell" Film Festival in London, England. We are quite thrilled with our new collaboration with St. Louis University, The University of Kansas, Obaafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame/Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama.
My plethora of appreciation goes to UMSL's International Studies and Programs, University of Missouri-St. Louis, especially Dr. Joel Glassman, Mr. Terry Marshall, Senior Coordinator of the E. Desmond Lee Global Ethnic Collaborative and International Performing Arts Series and Mr. Ephrem Andemariam, the Coordinator of African/African American Studies and the film festival.
I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the following individuals: Ms. Alex Detrick, Emily Underwood - Missouri History Museum, Professors Jane Bryce and Ian Criag - University of West Indies, Dr. Donatus Tandem - University of Yaoundé, Professor Dele Layiwola - Obaafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Drs Joya Uraizee, James Scott, Vincent Casaregola, Michelle Lorenzini - St. Louis University, Drs Christina Lux and Beverly Mack - University of Kansas, Dr. Leah Tucker - Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Ms. Jenny Lee - "I Will Tell" International Film Festival.
Enjoy the Festival
'Niyi Coker, Jr.
E. Desmond Lee Professor