Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CAFÉ NUBA DOCUMENTARY FEST, Denver (10/1 - 10/3)

CAFÉ NUBA DOCUMENTARY FEST CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL ARTS ACTIVISM & SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH SPOKEN-WORD, FILM & MUSIC Three-night film festival combines live music + open mic with performances by featured spoken-word artists including Abiobun Oyewole of The Last Poets.

For schedule and ticket information go to or or call 303-595-3456. Tickets are $15/night ($12 for DFS Members, Auraria Students w/ ID or if you purchase a 3-nite package) andwent on sale Monday, September 14th. Film/Time/Costs: $15/nite, includes 5-7p.m. open bar cocktail lounge, and 7:15 p.m. showtime

Thursday, October 1st: The Café Nuba Documentary Fest officially kicks off with a pre-film cocktail reception emceed by local poet, Lady Speech, and screening of the gritty doc, “Say My Name” (2008) directed by Nirit Peled. Described as a candid portrayal of young ambitious women trying to survive as lyricists, rappers, and mothers, the film is a provocative dialogue on class, race, and gender. Proceeded by “What If I Told You?” (2009) by Jennifer Johns. Featured Poet: NYC’s Queen GodIs (HBO’s Brave New Voices) with sounds from DJ CaveM. TRAILER: v=5SQIc2hNtIY

Friday, October 2nd: The Festival centerpiece takes on an Afro-fusion tone with “Homegrown: HipLife in Ghana” (2008) by director Eli Jacobs- Fantuazzi. This award-winning film about Ghanian hip-hop troupe, V.I.P. (Vision In Progress) documents ten years of their journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. Proceeded by “What Is Poverty?” (2009) by Jennifer Johns. Featured Poets: Molina Soliel + Aju with Asia Jazz Project with sounds from DJ CaveM. ++Nuba Afterparty at DELITE, 30 So. Broadway, 21+, No Cover, Drink & Food Specials, 10pm-2am.TRAILER: v=S7kC5TiCMMw

Saturday, October 3rd: Closing night films take a look at the roots of the contemporary poetry scene through the eyes of the Civil Rights arts organizers. "The Last Poets: Made in Amerikkka" (2008) directed by Claude Santiago – captures the veteran Last Poets in their element where the narrative unfolds amidst the backdrop of a special 40th Anniversary show in France where 5 of the 7 remaining living members of the group are reunited for a one-time performance for the ages. Proceeded by “What Is Sustainable Living?” (2009) by Jennifer Johns. Featured poet/activist: Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets + the SlamNuba Team – sounds from DJ CaveM

++Nuba Afterparty hosted by at the Meadowlark Bar, 2703 Larimer, 18+, $5 door, 10pm-2am.TRAILER: v=hdFXaDj0dYk