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Festival Panafricain

QUINZAINE 1971 Feature film


This is a documentary film which explores both the politics and music of the First PanAfrican Cultural Festival. Third World solidarity was much in fashion in 1969, when the festival was held. Many of the interviewees hold forth about colonialism and neocolonialism, and the need for exploited countries to stick together. Held in Algeria, the filmmakers were able to interview Eldrige Cleaver and other Black Panthers during their exile there. Among the film’s musical highlights is a performance by Miriam Makeba, followed by an interview with her.