University of Rochester

EVENT: Through the Door of No Return, the First Film in the Spring African Video and Film Series Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

January 31, 2003

A documentary about one woman's journey to Africa to trace the steps of her African-American father will be shown at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus. Directed by filmmaker Shirikiana Aina, Through the Door of No Return is described as an intimate account of the director's attempts to reconcile the past with the present.

Aina's father left America to establish a business in Ghana and died there. One of her stops is the Elmina Slave Fort, where millions of Africans were imprisoned as they awaited to be transported during the slave trade. In her film, she develops the theme of a common past of slavery shared by people of African descent. At the end of her film, she returns to her father's grave in Detroit with her children.

Through the Door of No Return, released in 1997, is the first film in the spring African Video and Film Series sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.




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