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Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora

by Sheila S Walker
in Documentary

Friday 1330 Fillmore JHC 1:15pm

Tens of millions of Africans were scattered throughout the world during the centuries of the notorious process of enslavement. The African Diasporan communities that resulted used knowledge and skills brought from Africa to contribute to the building of new societies. Torn from the world they knew, Africans and their descendants forged new identities and created new cultural forms that have enriched global civilization. They preserved ancestral worldviews to which they they adapted the cultures of others to create dynamic new fusions. This 30min documentary shares African technologies that developed the Americas, visits unsuspected African Diasporan societies in the Americas and beyond, and reveals cultural commonalities uniting African Diasporan communities in distant lands.

Director Biography – Sheila S Walker
Sheila S Walker, PhD, a cultural anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, has done fieldwork, lectured, and participated in cultural events in most of Africa and the Global African Diaspora and has numerous scholarly and popular publications. Executive Director of the non-profit Afrodiaspora, Inc., her goal is to share her experiences and knowledge of known and lesser known peoples and cultures of the Global African Diaspora.

Her book, African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas, and companion documentary, Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora, are based on her international conference on “The African Diaspora and the Modern World.” Her book, Conocimiento desde adentro: Los afro-
sudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y sus historias/Knowledge from the Inside: Afro-South Americans Speak of their People and their Histories (in Spanish), features chapters by Afrodescendants from all the Spanish-speaking countries in South America. Her most recent documentary is Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora.

Dr. Walker was Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Diaspora and the World program at Spelman College.

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