Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  48 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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United States of Africa

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African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi's quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great black revolutionary leaders who struggled for an independent, united Africa.

United States of Africa

African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi is on a quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great black revolutionary leaders and their struggle to realize a dream: a united, independent Africa.

In this epic musical and political journey, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip hop activist artists, including Smockey (Burkina Faso), M-1 of Dead Prez (United States) and ZuluBoy (South Africa). Featuring a score by Ghislain Poirier, as well as Awadi's own songs, United States of Africa draws the viewer into one artist's profound meditation on the power of music and the impact of political engagement -- both individual and collective.

A hopeful and compelling portrait of a continent whose politically aware youth is refusing to accept the role of victim, the film is a call for Africans to rise up, take a stand and take control of their continent and their destiny.

“Very Good Movie about La Conscience Noire”

Citation

Main credits

Létourneau, Yanick (filmmaker)
Létourneau, Yanick (screenwriter)
Létourneau, Yanick (film producer)
Loumède, Colette (film producer)
Tétrault, Sébastien (screenwriter)
Ouichou, Hany (screenwriter)
Awadi, Didier (narrator)
Awadi, Didier (participant)
Smockey (participant)
M1 (participant)
Zuluboy (participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Geoffroy Beauchemin, Alex Margineanu; editing, Sophie Farkas Bolla; original music, Ghislain Poirier.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Africa
Musicians
Music
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
African-American Studies
Hip Hop and Rap

Distributor subjects

Music
Developing Countries
Social Issues
Rap (Music)
Rap (Music)
Rap musicians

Keywords

; "United States of Africa"; National Film Board of Canada; rap; Africa; musicians;

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