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Saturday, September 24 • 1:00pm - 1:55pm

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Deep in what was once considered the darkest heart of Africa, on one of the world's largest and most pristine lakes, the MV Liemba doggedly perseveres, ferrying passengers and cargo up and down the remote eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. For nearly one hundred years, the ship has served as the primary means of travel, and a critical avenue of commerce, for soldiers, traders, missionaries and migrants on Lake Tanganyika - the geographical link between east, central and southern Africa. The MV Liemba is many things: a physical relic of European colonialism; a vital lifeline for otherwise isolated communities; the principle means of transport for cargo and people traveling from Francophone Central Africa to Anglophone Southern Africa; a meeting place where Africans from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds come together -- a floating microcosm of Africa. The history of the Liemba, together with the present day story of her weekly odyssey from Northern Tanzania to Zambia and the testimonies of the individuals whose livelihoods depend on her, serve as a platform for discussion of the history of colonial exploitation and the legacy of this history in 21st century Africa. These intertwined narratives are told with majestic mountains as a backdrop and the shimmering turquoise waters of an awesome inland sea as the central setting. The compelling dramatic content, breathtaking visual footage and upbeat locally recorded music combine, allowing the audience to experience and understand a corner of their world that would otherwise remain unknown to them.

Saturday September 24, 2011 1:00pm - 1:55pm
CYPRESS - Doral Golf Resort & Spa 4400 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178

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