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Black studies to host Ghana film festival

February 16, 2012

By Deon Broyles

The School of Communication and the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center will be presenting an Umoja Round Table event, “African Films Versus Reality: A Student Film Showcase”, on Feb. 29.

The event is free and will feature two former Imaging Africa (Com 428) students’ films from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Classroom Building, Room 135/137.

Mai-Kim Dang, a Cleveland State film graduate, and MiLisa Coleman, a digital media major, will be present to discuss their films and their experiences in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia.

Light refreshments will be served, and the event is open to the public.
Dang and Coleman visited the African continent as a result of two different travel abroad programs.

Dang visited Ethiopia through a Fulbright research grant while Coleman visited Ghana and Burkina Faso through the Morehouse Pan African Global Experience (MPAGE) study aboard program.

“I met my husband in Ethiopia; he is a filmmaker, and we have a baby,” said Dang in a telephone interview.

“Now that I’m back in the U.S., I miss Ethiopia; I miss the lifestyle. It seems like a more natural way of living.”

“I love my experiences in Ghana and Burkina Faso,” said Coleman in a face to face interview.

“I got to meet people, listen to music, and eat food that was really good, and the accommodations were fine.”

Imaging Africa is a class taught by instructor Eric Siler and is designed to enable students to understand images, stereotypes, and myths associated with the historical development of film with African content.

Instructor Siler encourages CSU students to participate in the screenings and see what former students have done with information learned in his class.

“We’re going to here firsthand accounts of what these former students have experienced,” said instructor Siler.

“They will be able to directly address a lot of misconceptions that people may have.”

For more information, please contact Prester Pickett, coordinator of the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center at (216) 687-3656 or visit