Hanson FilmTV Institute, in collaboration with School of Dance and Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month presentation of Khadifa Wong’s Uprooted.
Uprooted is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre. Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism.
Uprooted includes special appearances with Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.
There will be a post-screening Q&A w/ film team members: Khadifa Wong, Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.