Tonight a film about Sierra Leone—one that puts international justice on trial—heads to public television. It’s a part of a TV series by the Harlem-based National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) hosted by acclaimed actor Anthony Mackie (“8 Mile,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Pain & Gain”).
Years after the civil war in Sierra Leone ended, senior rebel leader Issa Sesay was put on trial by the U.N. Special Court. Prosecutors said he was a war criminal. His supporters called him a peacemaker. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen was there capturing the views of prosecution and defense alike, including Sesay himself. Her documentary on the court proceedings, “War Don Don” (“The War Is Over”), premieres tonight on the WORLD Channel, Monday, January 27, at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT—the third episode of “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.” This is the sixth season of the public television series on contemporary life throughout the African Diaspora.
Rounding out the series is Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau’s “Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC,” co-presented by Latino Public Broadcasting, a film about the playground basketball movement that led to a worldwide sports phenomenon (January 13); Hoku Uchiyama’s “Upaj: Improvise,” co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media, which follows the unexpected artistic collaboration of two dance masters—Indian Kathak guru Pandit Chitresh Das and African-American tap star Jason Samuels Smith; Daan Veldhuizen’s “Stories from Lakka Beach,” which gives a view of life in the post-conflict nation of Sierra Leone through the tales of a colorful mix of villagers (February 3); and Keith Aumont’s “Boys of Summer” sports documentary, which follows a baseball team from Curaçao battling to compete in the Little League World Series for the eighth year in a row (February 10).
For more information on “AfroPoP,” visit www.blackpublicmedia.org. To find out when and where to watch, including additional air dates for each of the episodes, check your local listings or go to www.worldchannel.org.
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