TransAfrica and BloomScreen present The Prodigal Son

TransAfrica and BloomScreen present The Prodigal Son

Date: May 21, 2013 7:00 – 9:00PM

Venue: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Join TransAfrica and BloomBars as we commemorate African Liberation Day (May 25), with the presentation of The Prodigal Son (2008, 64 min), by Kurt Orderson.

The Prodigal Son retraces the lost history of the Orderson family, and the West Indian community who left the Caribbean in the late 1800’s as emancipated enslaved Africans, to settle in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa.

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South African filmmaker Kurt Orderson retraces the lost history of his great-grandfather, Joseph Orderson. He soon discovers that his great-grandfather did not come directly from West Africa as the family commonly believed, but rather from Barbados, as a descendent of emancipated enslaved Africans who had been brought to the island to work on the sugar cane plantations.

He also unearths his ancestor’s activist past: Joseph Orderson was part of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), founded by the great Marcus Garvey – father of contemporary Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism.

See trailer here 

Our film will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Kurt Orderson from South Africa, via Skype, and moderated by Mwiza Munthali, the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.

Suggested Donation: $10.

Free popcorn and refreshments provided.

Proceeds will benefit both TransAfrica and BloomBars.  Your support of TransAfrica will help amplify the voice of millions of people in Africa and throughout the Diaspora.  Gifts to BloomBars helps support its programs and work in the community.

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