Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Nonprofits Hosting Festival Bring African Films to Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Nonprofits Hosting Festival Bring African Films to Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa

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The Bama Theatre will play host today to the second annual "Evening of African Film."

Bill Foster, executive director of Afram South Inc., said the purpose of the film festival is to educate as well as entertain.

"This is to expose the community to a growing menu of films and filmmakers in other parts of the world," Foster said. "We have some great young filmmakers who are doing great work. We want to share it with the community so they can see another culture through a different lens, such as Africa."

Afram South and the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation -- two nonprofit organizations that support education and public health initiatives in Ghana, West Africa and West Alabama -- are hosting the film festival. It is also cosponsored by Tuscaloosa Sister Cities.

Foster said that Thad Ulzen, associate dean of the University of Alabama's medical school, came up with the idea to host the festival. Since they had mutual interests, Foster said they decided to work together to bring the films to Tuscaloosa. …

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