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Tuesday, September 30th
7:30 pm

Chimamanda Adichie 
In Conversation with Dave Eggers


Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 
City Arts & Lectures - On Arts Benefiting 826 Valencia College Scholarships. Advance Sales Open To Members Only. More info.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. An O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. She now divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

“We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.” – Chinua Achebe

At this time, tickets are on sale to City Arts & Lectures members only. More info.
October 17 to 19

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival 


at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA

You can still Sponsor / Partner
September 29 
4:00-6:00 p.m. 

Berkeley Art Museum, Gund Theater

*Panel Discussion: 
Divestment Revisited: UC Berkeley, the Free Speech
Movement, and South Africa Divestment Movement.

7:30 PM 
Berkeley Art Museum, Gund Theater

Film Screening: 
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
with Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg

Saturday & Sunday
November 22nd and 23rd

Earth at Risk: The Justice and Sustainability Conference 
9:30am - 6pm 
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyons St, San Francisco) 
Tickets from $20 - $50 

Saturday, October 9
7:00 p.m. 
Embarcadero Center Cinema

Difret (Ethiopia 2014, 96 min.) 
will be screened followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 
About the film:
In rural Ethiopia, a few hours outside of Addis Ababa, men on horseback, following local tradition, kidnap 14-year-old Hirut in a bid to force her to marry another villager. Her attempt to free herself from a preordained future sets off a legal firestorm in this powerful drama inspired by a true story that pits the law against an entrenched cultural mindset. Hirut's only hope of escaping a dark fate comes in the form of Meaza, a confident young lawyer from the city and an advocate for women's rights. Read more............



Monday October 13
5:00 pm at FilmHouse

Zeresenay Mehari and Mehret Mandefro will also participate in an intimate artist talk in which they will discuss the making of Difret and the production challenges of shooting in Ethiopia, among other subjects. 
This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, visit sffs.org.
Sunday, October 12
1:00 pm

Stories from Home: NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation

Join Litquake and the Museum of the African Diaspora for a sure-to-be fascinating conversation between Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta and Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo. As transnational writers who both emigrated to the United States in their youth, Okparanta and Bulawayo interrogate the meaning of home and writing across continents as they redefine diaspora literature for a new generation. Read more.........