"Alaskaland" will be screened at African Film Festival.
Washington University's annual African Film Festival, March 28-30, includes several coming-of-age movie screenings targeted to youth.
The festival's youth matinee is Saturday, March 29, starting at 1 p.m. and features the shorts "Money Tree" and "Imprint." "Money Tree" is a short animated film about a young boy who wants to become rich by planting a stolen coin. "Imprint" examines the significance of passing down a dance tradition from one generation to the next.
"Felix," rated PG, will be screened immediately after and follows the story of 13-year-old Felix Xaba who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother thinks jazz is the devil's music. When Felix takes a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
Now in its ninth year, the African Film Festival is organized by Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo, Ph.D., assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and senior lecturer in African and African-American Studies in Arts and Sciences. The festival showcases a total of nine films, including "Alaskaland," and three youth films.
"Our festival's development has advanced so much from its initial concept because it has been so well-received by our campus and St. Louis regional communities," said Toliver-Diallo. "We continue to enjoy bringing diverse voices together to witness magic on screen and discuss it afterwards. This helps us to grow our audience."
All events are free and open to the public and take place at Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100, on the Danforth Campus. For more information and the complete schedule of films, visit the film festival's website.