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AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/V030eKEM2DKH_-VvjrHT_A==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false AMINA follows the journey of an African immigrant woman living in Istanbul and Turkey, and the cultural challenges she faces as she pursues her dreams. /episodes/get/99956 /episode/99956 Amina /episode-player/99956

The documentary follows the journey of an African immigrant woman living in Istanbul, Turkey and the cultural challenges she faces as she pursues her dreams.

AN AFRICAN ELECTION grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana's 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz's coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten-and maintain-the integrity of the democratic process.

The documentary follows a daughter's captivating quest to understand why her father collaborated with three corrupt government leaders in Liberia and with the infamous war criminal Charles Taylor.

Days of Hope weaves three immigrant stories into a unflinching portrait of courage and sacrifice as they travel, by any means, across deserts and oceans from Africa to Europe in the hopes of providing a better life for the families they leave behind. Days of Hope presents the human side of these immigrant stories as they discover that to traverse the waters that separate them from one continent is one thing; to traverse the gulf that separates them from the rest of humanity is quite another.

One man's search for joy has culminated in a constant experience of rhythm in the world around him in HE WHO DANCES ON WOOD. KOJO is a short documentary on gifted 12-year-old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. In this candid interview, Kojo reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of jazz music, learning from his mentor and father, jazz saxophonist Antoine Roney, and much more. Kojo's charisma, sensibility and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills.

On the first Friday of every month, thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Oakland. Rich and poor, young and old, Black and White, they all meet here. As the event grows, it becomes symbolically attached to the city's larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered during the event, the future of First Fridays and the rebirth of Oakland itself is in peril. This film provides a multi-layered snapshot of a fascinating American city while exploring issues of redevelopment, gentrification and violence that many other urban centers face.

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