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Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle Film Screening

The African Activist Association at UCLA presents a film about Congolese refugees leaving a camp in Zambia and re-settling in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Filmmakers Marisa Lloyd and Krista Barnes will introduce the film and there will be a Q & A with them immediately after the screening.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle is the story of refugees returning to DRC; it is set in Katanga Province where thousands of former refugees have been returning from camps in northern Zambia.  Many of the Congolese refugees lived in Zambia’s Kala and Mwange Refugee Camps for close to a decade after fleeing the Second Congo War in the late 1990’s.

The film was made for refugees still living in these camps as an information campaign to ease fears and inspire hope amongst those battling over decisions regarding repatriation.  The film documents the return of Congolese refugees, assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other international organizations, to major areas of return including towns alongside Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru.  It consists of interviews with recently returned refugees from Zambia about their experiences as repatriates while also documenting some of the positive developments occurring in the province.  In addition, the film relays messages to refugees in the camps from family members and friends living in DRC.  Leo Tunapanga, Kesho Tunaketi (Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle) was screened in both Kala and Mwange Refugee Camps throughout July and August of 2009 for thousands of refugees.  It has inspired many who wanted to return home, but needed to find the courage to do so, to take the big step back to DRC.

Today We Pack, Tomorrow We Settle was filmed and edited by Marisa Lloyd and Krista Barnes, currently African Studies Master’s degree students at UCLA,  through their organization The REEL Project,  They both spent significant time in the Kala Refugee Camp between 2007 and 2009.  Their time in Kala Camp inspired them to make this film for the refugees they came to know and admire and who had asked for visual images from the homes they once fled. Krista Barnes recently returned from a follow-up trip to DRC where she interviewed returnees who had seen the film in the camps about their perspectives.

About the African Activist Association (AAA):
AAA was started over 35 years ago by activist graduate students at UCLA.  Currently, the mission of AAA is to provide a forum through which Africanists across disciplines can collaborate to increase awareness of issues concerning Africa.  AAA aims to encourage positive and productive discourse about Africa both within the UCLA community and beyond.

5th Annual African Studies Graduate Student Symposium
May 14-15, 2010 at UCLA
“Changing the face of Conflict: Africa and its Diaspora”
Performers, practitioners, artists, academics, AAA wants to hear from you.  This year’s conference promises to continue the tradition of past AAA conferences with spoken word, music, informative presentations of cutting-edge research, and more!

Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($10) parking available in lot 3.

African Activist Association at UCLA310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center

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