The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History's Liberation Film Series (LFS) continues with a free screening of Our Generation: Australian Racism and The Indigenous Struggle for Human Rights and Self-Determination, along with a discussion led by Aku Kadogo, Spelman's Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts and an international theater director, choreographer, educator and creative producer.
Our Generation is an independent documentary film, made over 3 years, that looks at the current state of Indigenous relations in Australia, home to one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Driven by the remote Yolngu peoples of Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, the film shines a light on the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to their culture, land, and basic human rights. It is a call for action, for activists to come together to challenge the ongoing global white supremacy and efforts of cultural destruction (assimilation) that exists in the “lucky country”. It is also a strong cry for freedom, on the frontier between worlds that resonates with the struggles for self-respect, self-defense and self-determination of Indigenous and oppressed Black/African and other peoples of color across the globe.
The film was launched at the Darwin Festival in August 2010. In October 2011, the film was updated and enhanced with James Bradley, the award-winning editor of First Australians. This new version includes the latest political developments, and was shortened from 73 minutes to 52 minutes in order to create a better fit for educational use and future TV broadcast.
About Aku Kadogo
Aku Kadogo will serve as Spelman's Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts for 2014-2015. She is an international theater director, choreographer, educator and creative producer of cultural arts projects. The multifaceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative theater works and has produced a number of collaborative inter-disciplinary projects. Her eclectic career has spanned across the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia.
Since 2008, Kadogo has been living and working between Sydney, Australia Seoul, South Korea; and Detroit, Michigan. In 2006, she took up the position as Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
In 2011 she was invited on to the newly formed Music/Theatre Department at Yongin University, South Korea to lecture and direct productions, she spent two years in South Korea working with students and professional theater artists. Having worked extensively as a performer/choreographer/director in Australia, Kadogo also served as principal dance teacher and course coordinator at the National Aboriginal/Islander Skills Development Scheme in Sydney. Her ongoing relationship with this school continues today where she is a regular visiting guest artist.
Kadogo has been an associate choreographer on RENT working with the Broadway team on companies in Australia, China and the United States. As a performer, she has worked in film, television and stage making her career debut in the original Broadway classic of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
Aku’s Personal Statement
“I have traveled extensively to far reaching places such as the central desert of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Dakar, Senegal; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Bali, Indonesia, Seoul, South Korea. My works incorporate influences from my travels. I source information from the people I’ve met, and the intimate moments I’ve had eating, dancing, laughing and sharing stories across language lines. My interests are people, language, cities, our relationship to the environment and how theatre forms might inspire the wider community into action through creative practices.”
Internet Links and Reading List
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This third season of the Liberation Film Series (LFS) is focused on Human Rights: Self-Respect, Self-Defense and Self-Determination. Each year this acclaimed, nationally supported and hard-hitting series promotes literacy, independent thought, critical analysis and informed activism. LFS thrives to engage the youth, families, the grassroots community, and scholar-activists in educational films and “community conversations” of contemporary relevance that focus on creating learning opportunities, increased clarity, and new solutions to current and emerging sociopolitical challenges.
On April 12, 1964, just over fifty years ago, Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) stated: “We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for the right to live as free humans in this society. In fact, we are actually fighting for rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is human rights.” It is in this spirit that the Liberation Film Series is offered for your full participation and edification. Spread the word.
The Liberation Film Series is supported by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Black/African Studies Departments of Michigan State University, University of Michigan - Dearborn, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, National Council of Black Studies, Dr. Errol Henderson (Pennsylvania State University), Media Education Foundation, The Walter P. Reuther Library – Wayne State University, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Wayne State University Press, Michigan Humanities Council, community activists, and individual contributors. Charles Ezra Ferrell, a consultant to The Wright Museum, is the LFS Founder and Program Director.
All films and discussions are free and open to the public, and take place in the Museum's General Motors Theater.
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Click here to view a retrospective of the premiere LFS 2012-2013 season.
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