United States of Africa

  • États-Unis d'Afrique (Les)
© Peripheria & The National Film Board of Canada, 2011
Genre : Musical
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2011

The image of Africa we have is that of a continent divided and devastated by war, corruption and poverty. Yet 20th-century Africa gave us visionary, daring resistance fighters that fought for a different Africa. Who are they? What has become of their heritage?

"United States of Africa" follows Senegalese hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi as he works on a musical project revisiting the great figures of Black consciousness and their struggle. The film paints a portrait of an empowered, youthful and politicized continent, light-years removed from Western cynicism, refusing to be cast in the role of victim. Today, with massive geopolitical shifts brewing between East and West, Africa could be the cradle of the next global revolution. Would we even know it if it was?

Feature Documentary
directed by Yanick Létourneau

Production : Peripheria & The National Film Board of Canada

The documentary film THE UNITED STATES OF AFRICA is a coproduction between Peripheria Productions The National Film Board of Canada. The feature film is supported by SuperChannel, Télé-Québec, the CBC and SODEC. The blog (www.theusofafrica.com) is a coproduction with Kung Fu Numerik.

Director: Yanick Létourneau

Scriptwriters: Y. Létourneau et Sébastien Tétrault

Producers: Yanick Létourneau, Colette Loumède

Associate producer: John Cristou, Neil Brandt

Coordinator: Hany Ouichou

Blog Administrator: Cedric Morgan, Karl Saint-Victor, Ghassan Fayad


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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