*Film Screening: Abina and the Important Men

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The animated film, Abina and the Important Men, tells the true story of a brave young woman from late 1800's Africa who took a mighty risk in order to seek justice. An adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, it is based on actual court transcripts of Abina's trial to hold her master accountable for enslaving her under colonial British rule, which had outlawed the institution of slavery. According to director Soumyaa K. Behrens, Abina was driven by the imagination of a future that did not yet exist. The film tries to embrace that imagination and expose her efforts toward a more just world.

Produced by the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University, the characters in the film were cast from the community at SFSU. After the screening, join the director, author of the graphic novel, and members of the cast for a Q & A.

Co-sponsored by the Documentary Film Institute and the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University.

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

These cultural events are free and open to the public.

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