January 31, 2012

Film Festival at FRCC Campus in Fort Collins Focuses on Africa-Related Themes

The Ubuntu Village Film Festival, a showing and discussion of films with Africa-related themes, will take place Feb. 4 and 5 at the Front Range Community College campus in Fort Collins.

The campus is located at Harmony Road and Shields Street. Films will be shown in Challenger Point Room 107.

Previously known as Uhuru Film Festival, this year’s festival’s theme is “Ubuntu, Ngumuntu, Ngabantu: I am because we are.”

Discussions will follow each film. There is no charge for attending, but donations would be appreciated to keep the programming going.

“The creators of the Ubuntu Village Film Festival are enthusiastic about the progress thus far of the festival as they continue collaborating with independent filmmakers and helping expose the brilliant films they make that will improve relations between all humanity,” Namuyaba Temanju, a former FRCC student now attending Colorado State University and the founder of the festival.

The films:

  • “Taking Root,” USA/Kenya. This film tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder, the late Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Prize for Peace. 10 a.m. Feb. 4.
  • “Chasing Keino,” USA. This film follows six Kenyan nationals, members of the AmeriKenyan Running Club as they train in Santa Fe, N.M. Noon Feb. 4.
  • “Somay Ku,” USA/Uganda. This film follows Patrick Olobo, Uganda’s top-ranked tennis player as he leaves his civil-war-torn country and finds new obstacles in the United States. 2 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • “Ayen’s Cooking School for African Men,” USA/Sudan. This film starts with a group of Sudanese men found starving because they didn’t know what to do with a refrigerator full of groceries. In Sudan, it is taboo for men to cook. 10 a.m. Feb. 5.
  • “Grandmother to Grandmother,” USA. This film follows grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who have rescued children from the streets who had been made orphans by AIDS wiping out a generation of parents. Noon Feb. 5.
  • “Where Do I Stand?” USA. This film examines the lives of seven young people caught up in the violence of xenophobic attacks across South Africa in 2008. 2 p.m. Feb. 5.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 community colleges in Colorado and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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