The Coronado Island Film Festival and Fair Trade Décor have joined forces to bring a little bit of Africa to Coronado on September 26. The classic film, Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, won seven Academy Awards in 1985. The showing at the Village Theatre runs from 5 to 7:40 pm, but be sure to arrive early!
Before the movie, African drumming will be provided by João Vincent Lewis. João has recorded and performed around the world with internationally acclaimed bands, dance and theater companies (Godsmack, David Parsons Dance Company, and the “Fringe First Award” winning ensemble, “Shoestring Players”). As Director of “Hands On World Music,” (a 501(c)3 arts in education program), João has led drumming demonstration workshops around the country.
Immediately following the film, there will be an African themed reception from 7:45 to 9 pm, just four doors down Orange Avenue at Fair Trade Décor. Handmade products from across Africa including: food, antique and modern baskets, carved soapstone and wooden home goods, batik kitchen linens and children’s clothing, candles and whimsical greeting cards, will be on display. João Vincent Lewis will provide an African drumming demonstration at the reception.
Authentic East African food will be provided by RED Sambusas and Catering. Owner Mohamed Ali and his family, originally from the predominantly Somali area of Ogaden in present day Ethiopia, have been sharing their popular native food in the U.S for more than 20 years.
Fair Trade Décor is one of the newest shops in Coronado and is a member of the Fair Trade Federation (www.fairtradefederation.org). Owner and Coronado resident Elizabeth Paganelli imports ethically sourced clothing, gifts, home and lifestyle products from around the world. Each product is handmade by artisans who earn a living wage in a safe workplace, free from child labor and according to Fair Trade principles.
The Coronado Island Film Festival is in its third year, and has already established itself in the film community. Out of Africa is one of the year-round films in the festival’s calendar. Tickets for this popular event are available in advance at the Village Theatre box office, and the movie is expected to sell out. Save your ticket stub to gain entry to the reception at Fair Trade Décor. Visit the shop daily from 10am to 6pm and Friday/Saturday until 8:30pm to see the handmade products from Africa.