Mandela movie kicks off African festival

The 16th edition of the Festival Flores de las Diaspora Africana kicks off today with a tribute to Nelson Mandela. This tribute includes an airing of the 2013 film “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom” and live music from Malawian musicians Master Key and Masauko Chipembere.

Running until Tuesday, Sept. 2, the festival is held in varying locations throughout the Central Valley and, later in the week, in Limón. Movies of African themes and origin will be playing at Terramall in Tres Ríos, Cine Magaly in Barrio La California, and Universidad Nacional in Heredia, among other locations. Only movies playing from Friday to Sunday will cost money as the rest will be free admission.

There will also be a host of conferences and music concerts.

Sunday, Aug. 31, an homage to Marcus Garvey is planned at the Plaza de Puerto Viejo with a movie, parade, and music. That following Tuesday there will be a speech on Garvey titled “Tribute to 100 years of fighting for the betterment of African descendants,” which will be held at the historical Black Star Line in Limón at 10:30 a.m.

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