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Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation 

The New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival screens Charles Burnett's Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007) at the Prytania Theatre. In this feature about the nation's efforts to free itself from control of neighboring South Africa, Burnett uses drama to tell a story of politics and the human spirit. Carl Lumbly stars as Samuel Nujoma, who led the stuggle and became Namibia's first president. Danny Glover plays a spiritual leader. Burnett made his remarkable debut in 1977 while a graduate student at UCLA with his first feature film Killer of Sheep (pictured), which was included in the Library of Congress' National Registry as one of the 50 most important American films. Critic Armond White calls Burnett the 'least well-known great American filmmaker." There will be a presentation of Burnett's film To Sleep With Anger (1990) and his 6-minute documentary about Hurricane Katrina, Quiet As Kept, on Friday at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Burnett and producer Ed Santiago will attend both screenings and following receptions. Prior to the Namibia film, Loyola University's Jean Montes will perform with his chamber music group Molto. Free admission to the Prytania event. — Shantrell A. Cook

7 p.m. Thu., Aug. 7

Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787; www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

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