Reminder: Film on Pioneering South African Woman, and Discussion with Filmmaker

Posted on 4/5/2016 9:40:20 AM

Nokutela Dube, pioneering South African WomanOn Monday, April 11, IUP will host filmmaker Chérif Keita as he screens and discusses his film Remembering Nokutela. The film brings to light the once-forgotten contributions of Nokutela Mdima Dube in early 20th-century efforts to empower black South Africans. 

Nokutela Dube was the first wife of John L. Dube, the founding president of what became the African National Congress, as well as an educator, journalist, and musician. Together the couple traveled to the United States, produced and presented choral music, and became the first black persons to establish a school in South Africa.

The film Remembering Nokutela will be shown in Room B-11 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with Dr. Keita from 7:30–8:30.

The screenings and the discussion are free and open to the public. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

In case you missed the screenings of the companion film Inanda-Oberlin: The Life and Times of John L. Dube, the DVD will be part of the IUP Library collection by April 15.  John L. Dube, pioneer of black South African empowerment

Chérif Keita is a professor of Francophone literature at Carleton College in Minnesota. Originally from Mali, he has published books and articles on both social and literary problems in contemporary Africa. He has made three other films on African topics: Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa (2009), and Greetings from Djoliba: An American Village in Mali (a current project). 

Here is more information about Dr. Keita and his films.

This event is sponsored by the Pan-African Studies program.   

Dr. Chérif Keita, filmmaker