African Diaspora Film Club
Restitution? Africa's Fight for Its Art
Dec 10, 2022
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African Diaspora Film Club at MoAD | RESTITUTION? AFRICA'S FIGHT FOR ITS ART with Director Nora Philippe

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 for a lively discussion of the film.

This month we will be discussing RESTITUTION? AFRICA'S FIGHT FOR ITS ART (2022, 55 minutes). You will receive instructions to join via zoom after you sign up here. Look for an email from MoAD after you signup, if you don't receive it in your inbox, look in your spam or junk mail.

We will not be screening the film. RESTITUTION? AFRICA'S FIGHT FOR ITS ART is streaming on Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange on World Channel and PBS. You can also view a longer version of the film (82 minutes) at this vimeo link. The password is Restitution_2022

View the film in advance and then join us for the discussion on Sunday, December 11th from 12-1pm (PST).

Director Nora Philippe will join us for the discussion.

We will also have a community screening of RESTITUTION? AFRICA'S FIGHT FOR ITS ART on Thursday, December 8th at 4pm (PST) followed by a panel discussion about restitution in collaboration with Black Public Media and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Learn more here.


Should Western museums return cultural artifacts to the former colonies in Africa from which they originated? Millions of works of art, objects, but also archives and human remains are today in Western museums, on display or stored in warehouses. In Africa, their absence is a traumatic subject. Meanwhile, pressure is mounting to acknowledge colonial atrocities and to proceed to reparations. In a thought-provoking montage of archival material and interviews with art historians, politicians and museum directors from both North and South, ‘Restitution’ uncovers some of the most pressing – and immensely complex – issues surrounding the decolonization of Western cultural institutions and their self-understanding.


Nora Philippe is a film director, curator, producer and educator . A former fellow of Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, and a Graduate in Art History at Ecole Normale Supérieure, she has extensively worked on European colonial history and African-American arts and material culture. She has curated the "Black Dolls" exhibition at Maison Rouge, Paris, in 2018, and directed "Like Dolls, I'll Rise", before signing "Restitution?" (2021), aired in more than twenty countries. Since 2022, she heads the documentary cinema network and lab EURODOC.

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.

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