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Return to Goree

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Gorée

Screening and Panel Discussion

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7:00PM
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)

Standard ticket prices
Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.

PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND

IMPORTANT: Proof of vaccination (along with photo ID) and a mask are REQUIRED to attend this event. Please read our updated COVID Safety Guidelines for full details.

ABOUT THE FILM
A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey tracing the trail left by enslaved Africans and the jazz music they created. Youssou N’Dour’s challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.

From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world’s most exceptional musicians, Youssou N’Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert… 

108 mins  |  Unrated  |  Documentary / Music  |  2008  |  English and French (with English Subtitles)

ABOUT THE PANELISTS
  • Cilas Kemedjio is Professor of Francophone African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Rochester. Former Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute of African and African American Studies, Kemedjio is Co-Editor of the Academic Blog CIHA.Com: Critical Investigations Into Humanitarianism in Africa). Author of several books including Mongo Beti, An intellectual Biography, Kemedjio is now completing a book-length manuscript entitled Remembering Globalization: The Humanitarian Misunderstanding.
  • Sashanna (Sasha) Mitchell works with the RPO as a part-time Community Partnership Facilitator / Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor.

ABOUT THE BLACK CINEMA SERIES

The Little Theatre’s Black Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ), screens both scripted and non-fiction films about the Black experience. With an emphasis on contemporary indepedent films, the series highlights Black perspectives and filmmakers, with screenings and panel discussions with community experts and filmmakers.