Filmmaker To Screen His Film on Pioneering South African Woman

Posted on 3/24/2016 3:04:50 PM

Picture of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917)On Monday, April 11, IUP will host filmmaker Chérif Keita as he screens and discusses his film Remembering Nokutela. The film brings to light the once-forgotten contributions of Nokutela Mdima Dube in early-20th-century efforts to empower black South Africans.

Nokutela Dube was the first wife of John L. Dube, the founding president of what became the African National Congress, as well as an educator, journalist, and musician. Together the couple traveled to the United States, produced and presented choral music, and became the first black persons to establish a school in South Africa.

The film Remembering Nokutela will be shown in Room B-11 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with Keita from 7:30–8:30.

In anticipation of Keita’s visit, there will be three screenings of his film Inanda-Oberlin: The Life and Times of John L. Dube:

Sunday, April 3

  • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Stabley Library, Room 101

Monday, April 4John L. Dube

  • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 208

Tuesday, April 5

  • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
  • HSS Room 216

The screenings and the discussion are free and open to the public. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

Chérif Keita is a professor of Francophone literature at Carleton College in Minnesota. Originally from Mali, he has published books and articles on both social and literary problems in contemporary Africa. He has made two other films on African topics: Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa (2009), and Greetings from Djoliba: An American Village in Mali (a current project).

Here is more information about Chérif Keita and his films.

Pan-African StudiesPicture of Dr. Chérif Keita, filmmaker