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Mississippi River 9th Ward African Film and Arts Festival 

The nine-day Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival kicks off with a block party including a screening of Spike Lee's (pictured) Bamboozled at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2., at the Community Book Center (2523 Bayou Road). The event also features live music, food and guest historian Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, author of Africans in Colonial Louisiana. Bamboozled follows writer Pierre Delacroix's (Damon Wayans) attempt to write a script for a modern-day minstrel show that's so racist and offensive it'll get him fired, the only way out of his network contract. But the show becomes a hit and he embraces success. The cast includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Mos Def, Savion Glover and the Roots. The festival also screens Lee's early film She's Gotta Have It and his most recent HBO documentary project about post-Katrina New Orleans, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise. Other films include Haiti Cherie, El Benny and Baff Akoto's Football Fables, a film about Ghanian soccer stars rising from poverty to multi-million euro contracts and the middlemen who recruit and sign them. Visit the website for a full schedule and details about other festival events. — Will Coviello

Oct. 2

Mississippi River 9th Ward African Film and Arts Festival

Oct. 2-Various locations

www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

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