HeTePu Productions recently completed their 5th REEL Black Pix: Global Afrikan Film Series from Febraury 8-10 2013, and although we scaled back things this year, we're grateful for everyone who came out to welcome Mama C (Charlotte Hill O'Neal) who joined us from Tanzania. Africa, while on her Healing the Community Tour, for the screening of her film, Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush, which screened with Nigerian Director, Kelechi Eke's, LOST IN ABROAD.
Now, in addition to our ongoing Media Literacy work, we're on to other projects including the 3rd Woman's Scream or Grito de Mujer (en Espanol), taking place at Sun Spirit Yoga Wellness, 735 Meeting Street in West Columbia on Saturday, March 30, 2013. This Poetry & Art Festival is part of an International event coordinated by Jael Uribe, a Dominican Republic based Poet and Founder of, Mujeres Poetas Internacional (Women Poets International), who's has coordinated this event globally for the last two years. The 2nd Grito de Mujer/Woman's Scream was held in over 80 venues, in 25 countries on 5 continents and now, the 3rd Woman's Scream is growing to more than 40 countries in 2013, to include Columbia, SC. Our 3rd Woman's Scream has local and regional artists confirmed for the event, including members of the Columbia Writers Alliance, Cave Canem South Fellows; Linabel Marileidy of The Scenesters, the only Indie Spanish Rock Band in the area; and other talented Men & Women, Youth & Elder involved. Culturally diverse with Artists of Black, White and Latino ethnicities participatipting, because the problem can only be solved if we all work together to heal. In fact, Men are hosting some of these events across the globe, because they realize their presence is crucial in creating the healthy family environment.
The goal of this International Poetry Festival is to honor women, create awareness and begin a discussion on Social Justice. It will pay respect to women and denounce violence against women. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where women and men both share their talents to use art as a teaching tool to speak their truths, and that LOVE prevails to provide a safe and open space for learning to take place. Education is the key to helping resolve the problem. So join us on Saturday, March 30, 2013 for a day of Poetry, Music, Dance, Art and Speakers, who'll be honoring women during Women's History Month in this celebration of PEACE. We close the 3rd Woman's Scream with a screening of Joanne Hershfield's film, Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush, a documentray about Charlotte Hill O'Neal, (AKA Mama C), a former Black Panther who in 1971 was exiled from America and has lived with her husband, Pate O'Neal in Tanzania, Africa for 42 years. She spent 20 years living abroad prior to returning home to the states and is currently on her Global Healing the Community Tour, where in February 2013, our REEL Black Pix Film & Arts Festival in Columbia, SC, was one of her first stops in the US.
The REEL Black Pix: Global Afrikan FIlm Series; Media Literacy Workshops; Oscar Micheaux Promising Young FIlmmakers Program and Special Events like, 3rd Woman's Scream are ways in which HeTePu Productions uses "Art as a Teaching Tool" to transform our awareness and subsequent actions. After all, exposure is everythings, so if we never see or hear anything different, then we can never grow socially, intellectually or culturally beyond the box or confines of our environment. In fact, 3rd Woman's Scream, Artist in Residence, BARUTI, will be painting LIVE on-site and he is donating his creation to a Silent Auction we're doing for this event. HeTePu Productions is donating 20% of the proceeds to each of the following local Community Based Organizations that work with girls and young ladies, Good Kids, a Youth Sports; Media & Leadership Camp & We Connected Productions, a Youth Filmmakers Camp, that are both doing positive things with the youth in Columbia. In fact, prior to Mama C's film screening at 3rd Woman's Scream, we'll open with a 9 minute short film by Sharee & Rhonda Washington, of We Connected Productions.
Lastly, in keeping with tradition, HeTePu Productions always honors our African Ancestors. That is important, since they have paved the way for us all to be here today, and REEL Black Pix is after all, a Black History Month Event. In fact, we're so inspired by the works & life of Ancestor Poet & Reggae Icon, Bob Marley, that RBP always featu res a film either about him, or his lyrical gift to the world, Reggae ♪♫. We admire his message of Unity & Self Determination, and think that Bob Marley's idea of “One Love” is even more relevant to Humanity today. In fact, it can be a catalyst for fostering unity and better understanding in our own communities, right here and now.
HeTePu Productions, presenting Cultural Diversity in all it's complexions.