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Documentary series continues online with ‘War Don Don’ (‘The War Is Over’); remaining weekly episodes run through March 16

A prosecutor hangs his head in the AfroPop documentary “War Don Don.”    COURTESY PHOTO

A prosecutor hangs his head in the AfroPop documentary “War Don Don.” COURTESY PHOTO

“AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange,” the public television series consisting of documentaries about contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora, can now be seen online. The final three episodes, beginning with Rebecca Richman Cohen’s award-winning film “War Don Don” (“The War Is Over”), can be seen at www.blackpublicmedia.org. Season six of the series — which is  produced by National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT) — is hosted by acclaimed actor Anthony Mackie (“8 Mile,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Pain & Gain”).

Cohen’s film takes an up-close look at the U.N. Special Court trial of Sierra Leone senior rebel leader Issa Sesay, brought up on charges for his role in the 10-year conflict that ravaged the country. The Emmy-nominated filmmaker was on hand to capture the views of prosecution and defense alike, including Sesay himself. The film runs through March 2.

The series continues its focus on Sierra Leone with Daan Veldhuizen’s “Stories from Lakka Beach,” which offers the engaging stories of a colorful mix of villagers in the post-conflict nation (March 3-9). Keith Aumont’s “Boys of Summer” sports documentary, which follows a baseball team from Curaçao as it battles to compete in the Little League World Series for the eighth year in a row, is the final online offering (March 10-16).

Other films this season included “Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC,” which examines the New York City sports phenomenon that spawned an international movement; and “Upaj: Improvise,” on the dynamic collaboration of two dance masters, Indian Kathak guru Pandit Chitresh Das and African American tap star Jason Samuels Smith.

“AfroPoP” continues to air on public television stations around the country. Viewers may check their local listings for air dates and stations.

For more information on “AfroPoP,” visit www.blackpublicmedia.org.

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