PAST EVENT: Tu 5/21: BloomScreen and TransAfrica present: The Prodigal Son

Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00 pm

Join BloomBars and TransAfrica as we commemorate African Liberation Day (May 25), with the presentation of…

The Prodigal Son (2008, 64 min), by Kurt Orderson – retraces the lost history of the Orderson family, and the West Indian community who left the Caribbean in the late 1800’s as emancipated enslaved Africans, to settle in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa.

South African filmmaker Kurt Orderson retraces the lost history of his great-grandfather, Joseph Orderson. He soon discovers that his great-grandfather did not come directly from West Africa as the family commonly believed, but rather from Barbados, as a descendent of emancipated enslaved Africans who had been brought to the island to work on the sugar cane plantations.

He also unearths his ancestor’s activist past: Joseph Orderson was part of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded by the great Marcus Garvey – father of contemporary Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism.

Our film will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Kurt Orderson from South Africa, via Skype, and moderated by Mwiza Munthali, the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.

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This film presentation was made possible thanks to our collaboration with TransAfrica – the oldest and largest African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization.

*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds will benefit both TransAfrica and BloomBars. Your support of TransAfrica will help give voice to millions of people in Africa and throughout the Diaspora. Your gifts to BloomBars support our work in the community. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.

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