The University of Iowa

"Slavery in Global Cinema" film series will begin Oct. 7

October 3rd, 2010

A new film series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will allow audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

The first screening of the “Slavery in Global Cinema” series will be Thursday, Oct. 7 with “Adanggaman,” a historical drama depicting warfare and slavery in 17th century West Africa. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre and are free and open to the public.

UI professors Elke Stockreiter, Catherine Komisaruk and Leslie Schwalm, all from the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and specialists in the study of slavery, will introduce each film.

The films will serve as an extension of the Oct. 13-15 Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Causes and Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender and the History of Slavery.” This topic will also be explored on “WorldCanvass” Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and UI International Programs are co-sponsoring this series.

For more information, contact Leslie Schwalm at or 319-335-2299.