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Festival Panafricain

Fortnight 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.


William Klein

William Klein (born April 19, 1928) is a photographer and filmmaker. Though born in New York City and educated at City College of New York, Klein is predominantly active in France. He has directed a number of feature films, including the 1966 film Who Are You, Polly Magoo? and the anti-American satire Mr. Freedom. Klein’s photography won the Prix Nadar in 1956. Circa 1950, he married Jeanne Florian.