Film celebrates black history

In observance of Black History Month, the Urban Experience Program will co-sponsor a showing Saturday of an award-winning documentary about a West African prince sold into slavery.

UEP will screen the film Prince Among Slaves at 6 p.m. in the Cullen Performance Hall. Admission is free, though patrons must R.S.V.P. at

The documentary follows the life of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, a West African prince in what is modern-day Guinea, a release said. He was sold into slavery in 1788 and did not regain his freedom for 40 years. During his life, Sori purchased the freedom of his wife and some of his children, met many American dignitaries and eventually returned to Africa, where he died at 67.

The film, winner of" Best Documentary" at the 2007 American Black Film Festival, is narrated by hip-hop artist Mos Def and directed by Andrea Kalin and Bill Duke.

Donations will be accepted at the event and will go toward providing DVDs of the documentary to local schools.

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