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Human Rights in Africa Film Series Continues at Washington and Lee

— by on February 25th, 2016

“Yesterday,” an Oscar-nominated movie about HIV/AIDS in the Zulu community, and “Call Me Kuchu,” a film by Malika Zouhali-Wollall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, are the next two films to be shown at Washington and Lee University. Both will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons’ Stackhouse Theater.

“Yesterday” will be shown on March 1 and “Call Me Kuchu” on March 16.

The movies are being presented by W&L’s Center for International Education, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is the third in a series of African films as part of the university’s 2015-2016 Seminar on Human Rights in Africa.

Admission is free and open to the public. A 30-minute discussion will follow the screening. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

“Yesterday” is a 2004 South African film written and directed by Darrell Roodt that explores cultural and social reactions to HIV/AIDS and divided between rural and urban environments. It is the first full-length, commercial film completely in Zulu (unrated, 96 minutes).

“Call Me Kuchu,” a documentary focusing on the struggles of the LGBT community in Uganda, follows the life of late activist David Kato. Also a 2004 film, it explores the international discourses on gender, nationalism and sexuality that converge in contemporary Uganda (unrated, 87 minutes).