African Diaspora Film Club | BAKOSÓ: AFROBEATS DE CUBA

May 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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African Diaspora Film Club at MoAD | BAKOSÓ: AFROBEATS DE CUBA

Join us for our monthly series, The African Diaspora Film Club. Modeled after our African Book Club, we will meet once a month to discuss a film that we have all viewed in advance of the discussion. The conversation will be moderated by Cornelius Moore, co-director of California Newsreel and film series curator at MoAD. We will be choosing a selection of films, some previously screened at MoAD. You may have already seen it, or this may be your first introduction. In either case, join us on the second Sunday of the month for a lively discussion of the film.

This month we will be discussing BAKOSÓ: AFROBEATS DE CUBA (2019, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, 49 mins). You will receive instructions to join via zoom after you sign up here. Look for an email from MoAD after you sign up, if you don’t receive it in your inbox, look in your spam or junk mail.

We will not be screening the film. BAKOSÓ will be streaming on PBS. You can view the film here. BAKOSÓ: AFROBEATS DE CUBA will be featured on Black Public Media’s AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE starting on May 3rd.

Producer and Director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi will join us for the discussion.

What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre of music called Bakosó, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the transatlantic slave trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is a graduate of UC Berkeley. He received his MA degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an internationally-recognized and award-winning filmmaker. He is the co-founder and director of FistUp.TV, an international media platform uplifting and telling stories from underrepresented communities across the world. His work has circulated through National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel, and PBS. Currently, Eli lives in Puerto Rico and is working on his new film “We Still Here,” a story of resilience and recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane María. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.


This program is presented in partnership with CubaCaribe: Preserving and Promoting Caribbean Arts & Culture



The African Diaspora Film Club is presented in partnership with Black Public Media

Black Public Media (BPM), formerly known as National Black Programming Consortium develops, produces, funds, and distributes media content about the African American and global Black experience. Our mission is to commit to a fully realized expression of democracy and we accomplish this by supporting diverse voices through training, education, and investment in visionary content makers.

For 40 years, BPM has addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences. BPM continues to address historical, contemporary, and systemic challenges that traditionally impede the development and distribution of black stories.