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(The) United States of Arifca 2011

United States of Africa

This feature-length documentary follows African hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi’s quest to create an album in tribute to the leaders of Black consciousness who fought for the ideal of a united and independent Africa. A Scoreal and political epic, which sees him travel to over 40 countries and collaborate with committed hip-hop artists such as Smockey (Burkina Faso), M1 from the group Dead Prez (USA) and ZuluBoy (South Africa).

FIPA 2012 (International Festival of Audiovisual Programs). International Premiere, Official Selection, Documentary Competition

Global Vision Film Festival 2012 (Alberta, Canada) Official Selection, Official Competition

Vues sur mer 2012, Documentary Film Festival (Gaspé, Canada). Official Competition – Audience Award

Festival Vues d’Afrique 2012 (Montreal, Canada) Special screening in collaboration with Radio-Canada.

DOXA International Documentary Film Festival 2012 (Vancouver, Canada). Official Selection, Official Competition, Vancouver Premiere

Shanghai International Film Festival 2012. International Panorama section, in competition for the Magnolia International Documentary Award.

Festa2H Festival 2012 (Dakar, Senegal) in collaboration with the French Institute for the Fête de la Musique.

Ciné Droit Libre 2012 Festival (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso). Official selection – Assalaam Aleikoum 2012 (Mauritania)

Festival Écrans Noirs 2012 (Cameroon and Gabon). Official selection – Salaam Kivu international Film Festival 2012 (R.D.Congo).

Durban international Film Festival 2012. Documentary competition, South African premiere

Eastern Townships Film Festival 2012 (Canada)

Possible Worlds Film Festival 2012 (Australia)

Eastern Township Film Festival 2012 (Canada)

International Film Festival of Africa and the Islands FIFAI 2012, Official Selection. Premiere in Reunion.

Womex/IMZ (Greece), Official Selection. Premiere in Greece.

Film Africa 2012 (UK), Official Selection. Premiere in England.

Festival d’Amiens 2012 (France), Official Selection.

Manya Human Rights International Film Festival 2012. Ugandan Premiere. – African Diaspora International Film Festival 2012. Official Selection.

Les rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2013. Screening of the film and special evening The United States of Africa REMIX

Open Yo Yi/ Open Your Eyes 2013 (Sierra Leone)

Sauti za Busara Festival 2013 (Zanzibar, Tanzanie)

Les Journées du Cinéma des Droits et des Libertés 2013 (Tunisia) – World Social Forum of Tunis 2013 (Tunisia)

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival 2013 (Connecticut, USA)

Helsinki African Film Festival 2013 (Helsinki, Finland)

5th Home Cinema Festival 2013 (Paris, France)

Bayimba International Festival of the Arts 2013 (Kampala, Uganda)

7th edition of Pépites du cinéma 2013 (Paris, France)

13th edition of Waga Hip Hop 2013 (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)

Cinemigrante – 3rd International Film Festival 2013 (Argentina). Official Selection – Best Full-Length Film of the Interculturality and Score Section

Les RIDM (2011) – Critics’ Choice Award and Quebec Cinematheque International Film Festival 2012 Official Selections – Public Choice Award

Full-length documentary
Yanick Létourneau
Yanick Létourneau / Sébastien Tétrault / Hany Ouichou

Producteurs Yanick Létourneau / Colette Loumède
Line Producer John Christou / Hany Ouichou / Neil Brandt
In co-production with ONF


Didier Awadi

Distribution & sales

Distribution Canada ONF
Sales Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada, Super Channel, Documentary Channel, South African Broadcasting Corporation.
International Sales ONF
Broadcasters Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada, Super Channel, Documentary Channel, South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Technical Credits

Director of Photography Geoffroy Beauchemin / Alex Margineanu
Film Editing Sophie Farkas Bolla
Score Ghislain Poirier
Sound Recording René Portillo
Sound Design Marie-Claude Gagné

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