Join us for a special screening of the documentary, “The Ancestors Live: 50 Years of Kulu Mele.” Established in Philadelphia in 1969 by Baba Robert Crowder, Kulu Mele is the fruit of many peoples’ dreams and is the nation’s longest-enduring African dance company. This nationally and internationally touring dance and drum ensemble preserves, presents, teaches, and embodies excellences in West African, Cuban and African Diasporic and African rooted traditions, including contemporary American hip hop. After the film, there will be a Q&A with group members, the film director, and the founder of the Philadelphia Folklore Project!
In Philadelphia, four Liberian women use their music to address injustice and inspire action for social change. Survivors of Liberia’s civil wars, they are accomplished, brilliant singers—mothers, refugees, immigrants, Africans—who haven’t stopped contributing positively to the world, no matter the obstacles. Because of the War documents the power of traditional songs to make meaningful connections between and among people, and to help re-build communities.