African American History Month

African American History MonthThis February’s official theme for African American History Month, Civil Rights in America, will be covered in AFN’s celebratory premiere presentation of the award winning Lee Daniels’ The Butler,Lee Daniels' TheButler and the PBS series African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. AFN is also proud to add the winner of the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival to the line-up with Fruitvale Station.

Included in this year’s commemorative agenda are specials about groundbreaking comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley and Muhammad Ali’s conscientious objector fight with the government, and Dark Girls, a documentary that explores the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. AFN will also cross the Atlantic to bring you two movies about South Africa’s apartheid struggle with Winnie Mandela and In My Country.

African Americans: Many Rivers to CrossAfrican Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Six-part PBS series)
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in this groundbreaking new six-part series. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and the evolution of religious and social perspectives forging history, culture and society against all odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet racial divides persist.
AFN|prime – 4pm CET/JKT Sundays starting February 2nd (3 weeks, 2 weekly back to back episodes)

Dark GirlsDark Girls
This fascinating and controversial documentary film goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.
AFN|pulse – 10pm CET/JKT Saturday February 22nd

Moms MableyWhoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
Director Whoopi Goldberg explores the legacy of groundbreaking African-American stand-up comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley through recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians, entertainers and historians, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
AFN|prime – 4pm CET/JKT Sunday February 23rd

Commemorative titles on AFN|movie

Winnie MandelaSaturday February 1st
Winnie Mandela
This drama chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood, marriage and her husband’s incarceration. Stars Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

Muhammad Alis Greatest FightWednesday February 5th
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Ali’s biggest bout was his fight with the US government. This film is about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America’s greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war. Stars Danny Glover.

SparkleSaturday February 8th
Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Stars Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.

Fruitvale StationSaturday, February 15th
Fruitvale Station
Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American Bay Area resident who on December 31, 2008 was killed by police officers at the Fruitvale BART station. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer. Winner of the 2013 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

In My CountryWednesday, February 19th
In My Country
A Washington Post journalist is sent to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during Apartheid are invited to come forward and confront their victims. He meets Anna Malan, an Afrikaans poet who is covering the hearings for radio. As a white South African she is shattered by the accounts of the cruelty and depravity committed by her fellow countrymen. Stars Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche.

The ButlerSaturday, February 22nd
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. Stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.