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Diaspora Film Festival Kick-off: Countdown at Kusini
Join the Stone Center as we open the 2018 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film with an examination of the 1976 film Countdown at Kusini. The film, which starred Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, was produced and financed by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was the first film financed and produced by a black organization and filmed entirely in Africa. Despite the efforts of everyone involved, the film tanked at the box office and fell into obscurity.
The event will include a showing of the film as well as a documentary entitled Kusini: The Pride and the Sabotage, directed by award-winning filmmaker S. Torriano Berry. Berry will be in attendance for a discussion, which will also include UNC professor Charlene Regester, Stone Center advisory board member Monica Cloud, and filmmaker Natalie Bullock-Brown. This event is free and open to the public. This event will take place at Varsity Theatre at 123 E. Franklin St. in Chapel hill; RSVPs are encouraged.