Film explores what it is like to leave America for Africa

A Ball State alumna's documentary about African-Americans who left America to return to Africa is showing tonight as part of the Heritage Film Series.

"The producer [Cindy Ball] [is] a Ball State alum and approached us in the fall," Ketwana Schoos, assistant director of the Multicultural Center, said. "She did this film about African-Americans who felt out of place in the United States and returned to roots in Africa."

The group of 21 repatriates Ball State filmed returned to Ghana.

"This film reveals the peace and freedom of living in the land of their ancestors," according to a press release. "It also dispels many myths about Africa and captures the true spirit, challenges and joys of these repatriates as they reconnect to their Motherland: Africa."

The Multicultural Center chooses their heritage film series in correlation with different heritage months.

"Its just an opportunity to look at films of different cultures," Schoos said.

The Multicultural Center focuses its film series on historical and social perspectives explored in the movie.

Having the film about African-Americans will help lead into Black History Month in February.

About 30 to 50 people usually attend the showings, but that number will fluctuate depending on if professor bring their classes or not, Schoos said.

Ball will be at the showing to discuss the film and answer questions.


What: documentary, An African-American Quest for Authenticity

When: 7 p.m. at Pruis Hall

Cost: Free


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