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Unless otherwise indicated, all events are now at the Alfond Center on North Street.

Djon Africa

There are two showings at the Railroad Square Cinema:

  • Tuesday, July 17, 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 21, 3:15 pm

U.S. Premiere!

“Cinema will seemingly never run out of stories in which sons go in search of their missing/lost fathers, but if the results were always as charming as João Miller Guerra and Filipa Reis’ ambling picaresque Djon Africa, few audiences would complain. Written by Pedro Pinho, currently riding high with The Nothing Factory (also at MIFF this year!), this co-production between Portugal and its former colonies Cape Verde and Brazil was one of the more notable world premieres at Rotterdam this year. Accessible and atmospheric, built around an engaging performance by Miguel Moreira as the eponymous Djon, “Djon Africa” is in fact just one nickname adopted by a fellow baptized “Miguel” in honor of his dad, but who grew up in Lisbon chiefly under the care of his grandmother. Following a chance encounter with a stranger, the easygoing Miguel/Djon/Tibars—a Rastafarian who is laid-back on the verge of horizontal—asks his granny about his dad (“a bit of a player and a scoundrel”). Coming into a little money unexpectedly, he decides to go in search of the estranged parent in the latter’s native Cape Verde islands off the African coast. The bulk of the action unfolds in this windswept, colorful archipelago, whose atmosphere is a world away from the gray, bland Lisbon suburb which constitutes our hero’s ‘hood. As the words of a rap tune in the opening moments promises, we ‘feel his ground and the weather of his country’”—Hollywood Reporter.


Portugal/Cape Verde 2018 – DCP – 96 minutes
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Directors: Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
Screenplay: João Miller Guerra, Pedro Pinho
Cast: Bitori Nha Bibinha, Isabel Muñoz Cardoso, Miguel Moreira, Patricia Soso
Print Courtesy: Still Moving


The next Forum program:

Wednesday, September 19

Andrew Stanicoff

Climate Change, Conflict and Migration-An Example From Africa

Alfond Center 12 noon

    Mr. Stancioff is a geologist, natural resource planner, analyst, and manager with 35 years of experience in geology, hydrology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, climatology, and oceanography. He has 40 years of experience in developing countries and 24 years in Africa. During the last ten years, Mr. Stancioff has worked to develop methods and models to monitor and evaluate poverty and conflict in areas under stress from overpopulation and overuse of natural resources and other forms of degradation. He has been involved in modeling, demographic health and environmental data in support of early warning systems. For six years, he mapped the geologic, mineral, hydraulic and natural resources of Zaire, Guinea, Central Africa, and Mauritania. From 1991‑96, he was the USAID “team leader” at the AGRHYMET Center in Niamey, Niger where he developed maps for agricultural and health development projects for 13 African countries. In recent years, Mr. Stancioff has focused climate change and its effects on water resources and on reducing atmospheric Carbon Dioxide by reforesting areas in north Africa.   He is presently seeking support for an effort to reforest some of the most appropriate areas in the Sahel of Africa to sequester Carbon and to provide improved living conditions to people in that region.

Details about registering and the lunch choices will be posted closer this event.


The Board is working hard on arranging a wide range of programs for the fall and into the winter. Information will be posted as soon as speakers and dates are arranged.

Thanks for supporting the Mid-Maine Global Forum and its mission to bring speakers on international issues to Waterville.