Drum is a film based on the life and times of South African investigative journalist Henry Nxumalo, who worked for the popular Drum magazine, known as “the first black lifestyle magazine in Africa.” The film is the first feature film of South African filmmaker Zola Maseko, and deals with the issues of apartheid and the forced removal of residents from Sophiatown during the 1950s.
Like Harlem in New York and Bronzevlle in Chicago, Sophiatown was a center of Black South African culture and politics, a fact that is well reflected in this film.
Discussant: Representative from the South African Consulate
This film screening is a part of the African Jubilee Film Festival curated by Lynette Jackson and Floyd Webb. The festival is produced by portoluz. The African Jubilee Film Festival runs from June 27 to December 5.
This event is co-sponsored by portoluz, The DuSable Museum of African American History, the African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies departments at UIC, and The Public Square. portoluz is producer of the African Jubilee Film Festival.
Free and open to the public. For more information, call 312.413.2457.