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Double feature to commence Film and Discussion Series observance of Black History Month

On the occasion of Black History Month, the Cecilia Rollins Brown Bag Film and Discussion Series will host a double feature on Tuesday, Feb. 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 6 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Mountainlair Gluck Theater.

“Sankofa” will be shown Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. This 1993 film by Haile Gerima bends concepts of time and space in order to take the audience through the terrible ordeal that was the Maafa, the African Holocaust. In the film, a contemporary African-American woman, in Africa for a photo-shoot, travels back in time and experiences slavery. Haile Gerima’s poetic and precisely detailed film takes its audience into its heroine’s life and mind as her moral sense is challenged and changed. Although the majority of his film takes place in the past, Gerima passionately believes that the importance of the film is the direction it can provide for both the present and the future.

“Hidden Colors” will be shown Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. This film is about the history of African cultural influence in the Americas, Asia, and Europe and documents the often untold history of Africans all over the world, from the ancient empires of Egypt and West Africa, to the Moor influence in medieval Europe, and discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history.

This program is sponsored by the WVU Office of Multicultural Programs and the Office of International Student Affairs and Global Services and will be presented by Kweku Nicco Hamby and the executive officers of the WVU Black Student Union. These events are free and open to the public. Pizza will be served. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at (304) 293-0890 or visit