Kemtiyu: Cheikh Anta | Hayti Heritage Center | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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Kemtiyu: Cheikh Anta 

When: Thu., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: free

UNC's long-running Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Films has presented a range of carefully curated features and documentaries that reflect the black experience in its innumerable permutations, from films about the role of hip-hop to relationships between African Americans and South Asians. The featured film in this community screening at the Hayti Heritage Center is a documentary about Cheikh Anta Diop, a Senegalese scientist born in 1925 whose devotion to Africa inspired his research, in which he used carbon dating and linguistic studies to posit the idea that the ancient Egyptians were in fact black people and that Africa, therefore, was the wellspring of civilization. Helmed by award-winning director Oumane William Mbaye and featuring a score by jazz pianist Randy Weston, the film has earned praise for bringing attention to its iconoclastic, courageous subject. —David Klein

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