Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation (w/ Performance by Bata ECA)

A Tricontinental ‘66 And Other Acts of Liberation is a multi-disciplinary instigation produced by HotHouse with the support of the Rebuild Foundation, Chicago Filmmakers and CASA O.S.P.A.A.A.L. (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina). The program and exhibition create a provocation examining acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s through… Learn More

Sambizanga (NR)

Filmed in the Angola of 1961, Sambizanga is Sarah Maldoror’s first film, co-written by her husband, a leader in the Angolan resistance. The story focuses of a happy young African couple; one day the husband is arrested for political reasons and interrogated in the dreaded Luanda prison (with Introductory remarks by Arif Smith). Arif Smith… Learn More

Discussion with Anne Galand Mahler and Stan West

In From the Tricontinental to the Global South Anne Garland Mahler traces the history and intellectual legacy of the understudied global justice movement called the Tricontinental—an alliance of liberation struggles from eighty-two countries, founded in Havana in 1966. Focusing on racial violence and inequality, the Tricontinental’s critique of global capitalist exploitation has influenced historical radical… Learn More

Ernest Dawkins AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special multi-continental performance featuring a special Cuban musical guest. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An intergenerational… Learn More

Pan-African Festival of Algiers (NR)

This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Pan-African Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and… Learn More


Come to the Stony Island Arts Bank and enjoy a vibrant afrobeat set exploring the sounds of the legendary, Fela Kuti by DJ Duane Powell. Grab drinks at the bar and groove to the beats. RSVP recommended!!!

Ayana Contreras: Sounds of the Tricontinental

Ayana Contreras is a producer with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. She is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records, and shares her knowledge as host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo. Ayana periodically joins WBEZ’s Morning Shift, as well. Previously, Ayana was Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, which was broadcast from… Learn More

Mama Africa (NR)

Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa. (This film is apart of the TRICONTINENTAL ’66 and OTHER… Learn More

Battle of Algiers (NR)

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers… Learn More

Iré Elese Abure

Iré Elese Abure is a performance ensemble steeped in the dance, song, and drumming traditions of Afro-Cuban folklore. The name, Iré Elese Abure, comes from the Yoruba culture that took root throughout the Americas, meaning “goodness from the hands of our brothers and sisters” (FREE ADMISSION). Through stage performance, the group strives to share various… Learn More