“Waving Flag” Documentary Hopes to Alter Stereotypes

April 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Meredith Crawford

The Film's Director, Victor Adetiba, during a Q&A (PHOTO BY MEREDITH CRAWFORD / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The African Student Association hosted a pre-screening of a portion of the documentary “Waving Flag” on Thursday evening in the Hughes-Trigg Theatre.

The portion of the film presented was a series of interviews with both Nigerian immigrants and Nigerians who have lived their whole life in the United States.

“The initiative of this event was not only to reach out to SMU, but to DFW as well,” Audrey Addo, president of the ASA, said.

The interviews provided an insight into their experiences with stereotyping and misconceptions about living in the United States. The audience was very vocal during the film, laughing along with the funny stories and audibly expressing concern when the interviewees described the effects of stereotyping. According to the film, the stereotypes placed on them come not only from people, but also from the media.

The film’s director, Victor Adetiba, also known as Adetiba ‘Super-Director’, said that making this film was important because people always complain about what the media says about them, but no one ever does anything about it.

Adetiba said that some of the people in the film are family members or people he attends church with. Overall, he chose people whom he’s touched and that have an interesting story. He tried to draw from a wide variety of experiences.

Some of those interviewed in the film described their surprise when they arrived to the United States and how no one had told them how much hard work was required to succeed in the U.S.

“When I first came here everything was not what I expected,” David Solomon, the film’s producer, said. Solomon immigrated to the U.S. in 2003.

A question and answer panel and open-forum discussion with the audience followed the documentary. A variety of topics were discussed, from the problems in Nigeria to the strained relationship between Africans and African-Americans in the United States.

Adetiba hopes that this film will  inspire people to visit Nigeria and experience the country for themselves.