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RAIN's Screening and Discussion on Colonialism, Racism, and Responsibility

November 12, 2023

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
African Apocalypse:
A Cinematic Exploration and Discussion of Colonialism, Racism, and Responsibility
Film screening + panel
Sunday, November 12
Panelists: Najee Brown, Ali Sekou, and Victoria Carrington
Doors: 12:30pm / Film:1pm / Panel Discussion 2:40pm
Event ticket: $12 / Subsidized ticket: $6 / Community ticket: free

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN), in collaboration with 3S Artspace and Green Acre, is hosting a film screening of Rob Lemkin’s African Apocalypse* followed by a panel discussion.

Join us in sparking a conversation about colonialism, the progression of racism and racial equity, and our role and responsibility as global citizens to engage with these matters in a responsible and productive manner.

Hear from our panelists Ali Sekou, Najee Brown, and Victoria Carrington on the role of the creative arts in exploring equity and injustice and the importance of bridging global divides through inclusion.


*Please be advised – the film contains sensitive content and violence and is for mature audiences only.


Film Synopsis
African Apocalypse tells the story of a young man's profound journey across Africa driven by his quest to uncover the legacy of colonial horror. Armed with a copy of Conrad's classic novel, “Heart of Darkness”, British-Nigerien Oxford University student and activist Femi Nylander goes in search of the meaning and legacy of colonial horror in West Africa. He discovers the unknown story of a French army captain, Paul Voulet, who descended into unspeakable barbarity in the conquest of Niger at the very moment Conrad wrote his book.

Femi’s exploration sheds light on how Voulet’s damaging actions continue to affect present-day Nigeriens, whose country has been described as the world's least developed country dates from the moment of Voulet's arrival in their land. But amidst a tragic history, Femi also encounters a beautiful spirit of hope: young people learning to find a way out of colonialism's darkness, and a country determined to harness the power of its most precious resource: the light of the sun. He returns to Britain just as a new global confrontation of the legacy of empire and racism emerges in the Black Lives Matter protests, determined to contribute to this global movement against oppression.


About Rain for the Sahel and Sahara:
Rain for the Sahel and Sahara forges partnerships with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger to enable enduring and relevant livelihoods through access to education and opportunity.

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara is a recipient of the 3S Artspace Community Use Grant. The grant was developed in 2020 by 3S Artspace in direct response to the persisting challenges nonprofits face in reaching their audience and mission goals, particularly during the pandemic.

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