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Kuumba Week Film Series

Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender identity, and religion. Music—from rap to gospel—are also strong components of each film.

Following each screening, stay for a talkback about the movie and its relevance today. Discuss the movies with the filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and Oberlin faculty. Guests include actor/activist Danny Glover, filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, and activist/artist Twiggy Pucci Garçon.

Kuumba Week Film Festival takes place in select locations around campus. All films are free.

Past Events

poster for kuumba film series Last Black Man in San Francisco.

Kuumba Week Film Festival: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Monday, November 18, 2019
7:00 pm
Hallock Auditorium

Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender...

poster with profile of face African American singer Aretha Franklin.

Kuumba Week Film Festival: Amazing Grace

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:00 pm
Hallock Auditorium

Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender...

poster for movie kiki with face of a person with bluish-gray makeup and peacock feathers.

Kuumba Week Film Festival: KiKi

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
8:00 pm
Apollo Theatre

Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender...

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Kuumba Week Film Festival: Agents of Change

Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:00 pm
Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall

Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender...

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Kuumba Week Film Festival: Do the Right Thing - 30th Anniversary

Friday, November 22, 2019
7:00 pm
Afrikan Heritage House (Lord-Saunders)

Oberlin’s annual celebration of black creativity features the Kuumba Week Film Festival. See five award-winning films that explore such themes as race, equity, activism, displacement, gender...