Theatre for the Free People’s International Arts Exchange Program provides an environment for artists/activists to engage in a global perspective. It is geared towards fostering creative and collaborative relationships abroad. In partnership with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative, Theatre for the Free People will offer free community-based arts education and programming to the Bibiani-Ankwaso-Bekwai district of Ghana in February of 2011.
“Harlem to Humjibre” is a documentary film project which follows the preparation and implementation of Theatre for the Free People’s International Arts Exchange Program in Ghana. Do these New Yorkers have what it takes to survive in a village where running water and electricity are luxuries? What lessons will they learn from the Ghanaian community on happiness despite circumstances? How will they forge a connection with a people from which they have been displaced?
This film highlights the importance of placing culture at the center of an organizing strategy. Cultural Organizing unites people through the humanity of culture and the democracy of participation. It questions the ways in which the oppressed find the enduring strength raise themselves to a level of creative consciousness and how we can reclaim education as a community project.
“Harlem to Humjibre” addresses the most critical human rights issues of our time through the implementation of a community-based arts program. What is necessary to bring this program into fruition? What is required to create a sense of solidarity with communities when working internationally? How does an individual maintain a sense of self and a healthy mind, body and spirit when immersed in a different culture?
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