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
In anticipation of Keita’s
visit, there will be three screenings of his film Inanda-Oberlin: The Life and
Times of John L. Dube:
The screenings and the discussion are free and open to the
public. Attendance vouchers will be
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
Keita and his films.