In honor of Black History Month, the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Zulu Nation Hawaii will be presenting public viewings of a series of films that tell small, but significant pieces of the rich story of the African diaspora and its effects on the rest of the world. Films ranging in subject matter from hip-hop music to contemporary politics and racial identity will help to illustrate this dynamic history.
The film “Wall Writers” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, on the UH campus in room UCB127. “Wall Writers” tells the story of the evolution of graffiti art as part of hip-hop culture and will be accompanied by live music and hip-hop element demonstrations.
The locally produced film “Aloha Nigeria” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday Feb. 28, in room 301 of the UH Campus Center. This film documents a three-week trip in 2012 to Nigeria by Hilo residents who worked with displaced flood victims whose lives were devastated by the flooding of the Niger River. The filmmakers will be presenting the documentary and discussing their work with children of Shangtedo Eti-Osa Community Secondary School in Nigeria.
These events are free nd open to the public.