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Alekesam: The Movie premieres at Tribeca Film Fest this week

Hugh Masekela - musician, activist and father was exiled from his family and native South Africa for over 30 years as a direct result of Apartheid. Undaunted, he would find musical success in America with the 1968 number one hit, Grazin' In The Grass, and in 1971 he would father a son, Selema Mabena Masekela. Yet shortly thereafter, Hugh would make the choice to leave America and his son for Africa, in an effort to reconnect to his homeland through music and create awareness about the situation in South Africa. Thirty-nine years later, Selema, better known as television personality and ESPN X Games host Sal Masekela, reflects on his relationship with his father, the accompanying issues of abandonment and addiction, race and self, and the conflicts that influence the choices we make in our lives. Alekesam explores the story of a father exiled from his country, a son exiled from his father, and their mutual attempt to connect to the world, and each other through music.

Screening Times

Thursday, April 19, 10:00 pm
AMC Village 7 (AV7)
?66 Third Avenue @ 11th Street New York, NY 10003

Saturday, April 21, 11:30 am
AMC Village 7 (AV7)
?66 Third Avenue @ 11th Street New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, April 25, 9:45 pm
Chelsea Clearview Cinemas (CCC)
?260 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Ave) New York, NY 10011

Sunday, April 29, 2:30 pm
Tribeca Cinemas (TC)
?54 Varick Street (Below Canal Street, at Laight Street) New York, NY 10013

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