‘Abina and the Important Men’
21 October, 1700-1900
Abina and the Important Men (2017) was directed by Soumyaa Kapil. It is a lightly animated film adaptation of the award-winning graphic history by Trevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke. It tells the story of Abina Mansah, a very real 19th century women in West Africa who challenged both the colonial system and institutions of enslavement. The film is the product of a community of students and scholars from the departments of Africana Studies, Theater, Cinema, and History at San Francisco State University.
Soumyaa Kapil is a director and producer, as well as the director of the DocFilm Institute at San Francisco State University. Her films regularly engage with issues of the human condition as well as how political landscapes shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities. Amongst her projects: Veteran Documentary Corps, Madame Mars, The Love Boat, The Life of a String Quartet and Abina and the Important Men.
The screening on 21 October will be followed by a Q&A with Trevor R. Getz. Getz is an historian of Africa and his interests include interdisciplinary methodologies, critical theory, and popular ways of thinking about the past. Find out more about Trevor Getz here: https://trevorgetz.org/
Date: 21 October at 5:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), London