Special Film Screening of Tusamehe 'Forgive Us'

Special Film Screening of Tusamehe

Kick-off for the Summer Travel Study course in Tanzania. Tusamehe will be shown, followed by a question and answer session with director, Josiah Kibira, and discussion with Ron Mulvihill and Queenae Mulvihill.

Saturday, November 11, 2006
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tusamehe is the story of Bilantanya Moses Bakeyemba, a successful marketing professional from Tanzania living in the U.S., who learns he is HIV-positive just as his wife is expecting their first baby. In addition to the absorbing and emotional narrative of Bilantanya's personal drama, the film draws attention to the grossly uneven spread of AIDS across the globe, a disparity that has left many people in developing countries helpless. The film is in Swahili with English subtitles. After the screening, Josiah Kibira will answer questions from the audience. Also attending will be Ron Mulvihill (director of several Tanzanian films) and Queenae Mulvihill (writer and director of Maangamizi, their most recent feature film).

For more on the film: www.kibirafilms.com/tusamehe

UCLA Travel Study program in Tanzania

Dr. Katrina Thompson will introduce the new UCLA Travel Study program in Tanzania that incorporates a filmmaking internship with Mr. Kibira.

The Tanzania Study Program is open to anyone who wants to go -- attendees must be at least 18 years old.

Tanzania -- Swahili Language and Popular Culture
Department of African Studies
Tentative Program Dates -- Saturday, June 23 - Saturday, July 21, 2007

  • First two weeks of program: study Swahili
  • Second two weeks: take a course with Professor Thompson on Tanzanian popular cultures + optional independent study (internship on film set or research on pop cultures)

Study East Africa's lingua franca in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, cities that highlight both Swahili's long history and its use in modern popular culture. Participants of all backgrounds and majors will spend the first two weeks learning Swahili in Zanzibar while living with host families. During the second two weeks of the program, students will be based in Dar es Salaam, studying Tanzanian popular cultures with Dr. Thompson.  For an additional 4 credits, students may either: intern with Tanzanian filmmaker Josiah Kibira on the set of a Swahili feature film; or conduct independent research on popular cultures.

For more details, program costs, enrollment information, please attend the film and/or contact Professor Katrina Thompson, UCLA African Languages Coordinator, at kdthompson@humnet.ucla.edu or call 310-794-1972.

Students can earn 8 - 12 academic units for the program, undergraduate or graduate (4 units in Language, 4 units in World Arts and Cultures, and 4 units independent study, optional -- students, check with your academic department regarding credit).

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Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 4 for $8.

Katrina Thompson


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, UCLA Summer Sessions