Save the Date: Saturday, February 22 5pm 2nd Annual Tuscaloosa Evening of African Film

2nd Annual Tuscaloosa Evening of African Film
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa, AL
2nd Annual Tuscaloosa Evening of African Film Saturday, February 22, 2014 Bama Theater, Tuscaloosa, AL 6 PM- 11 PM Tuscaloosa will host its 2nd annual program of African Films at the Bama Theater on Saturday, February 22nd 2014. Three movies will be presented on this special night of African movies in Tuscaloosa. The program begins at 6pm with 2 award winning shorts and 3 feature films will be presented. The shorts are Boneshaker and Unspoken from Ghana and Nigeria respectively. Boneshaker, directed by Frances Bodomo and starring Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Outsider is directed by Sunny King, an award winning director of shorts and promos and founder of OAKMAN film. He was runner-up on Project Talent UK 2007 and had his first short film ‘Signs’ selected for the Woodgreen International Film Festival 2009. The first feature, Alaskaland is directed by Chinonye Chukwu a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised filmmaker and recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and the Princeton Hodder Fellowship. “AlaskaLand” has been selected to screen globally. The next feature is The White Wedding, a thrilling, romantic comedy set in South Africa, directed by Jann Turner, born in France and is the oldest daughter of South African activist Rick Turner and British politician Barbara Follett. Jann has also made award-winning documentaries and worked for two years as part of the team of producers who made the Truth Commission Special Report during Nelson Mandela’s presidency. The final feature of the evening “Nairobi Half-life” is directed by Kenyan born David “Tosh” Gitonga who has worked on feature films since 2002. In 2010 he enrolled in the One Fine Day Film Workshop’s, where he was selected to direct his first feature film Nairobi Half Life under the supervision of Tom Tykwer. African crafts, art and other products will be available for purchase from 5- 6pm and during breaks throughout the evening. The Tuscaloosa Evening of African Film is presented by the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation (EAUMF) and Afram South Inc., two non-profit organizations supporting education and public health initiatives in Ghana, West Africa and West Alabama respectively. It is also co- sponsored by Tuscaloosa Sister Cities. Tuscaloosa is a sister city of Sunyani Techiman in Ghana. Tickets are: General admission – $10.00; Students and youth – $6.00. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the Bama Theatre box office (205 – 758-5195) only on the day of the event. For more information call Bill Foster at 334-322-0824 or Thad Ulzen at 331-444-2262. 

2014 Tuscaloosa Student Delegation to Narashino, Japan!

Attention, 10th and 11th graders at Tuscaloosa’s Paul W. Bryant, Central and Northridge High Schools: are you a leader at your school and fascinated by Japanese culture?  If so, application materials are available NOW at the Principal’s or Counselor’s office for the chance to represent your school, your city, and the USA in Tuscaloosa’s Japanese Sister City, Narashino, Japan in June 2014!

Delegates selected will travel to Japan for two weeks, live with host families, and visit Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and historic Nara, Japan.  It’s a CHANCE OF A LIFETIME opportunity to travel internationally with your peers and a fully escorted, well-organized  and extraordinary exchange!  For more information, contact your school’s office or the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International office at (205) 343-0100.  Delegates will be selected soon, so don’t wait – you could be traveling to Japan in 2014!

Nominations Sought for 2013 Garner International Friendship Award

Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International is seeking nominations for the 2013 Dean Paul Garner International Friendship Award for contributions to the improvement in international relations/friendship. The award is named for Paul Garner, longtime Dean and Dean Emeritus of the School of Business at the University of Alabama.  Dean Garner was a charter member of the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities program and remained a member until his death.  He is remembered for his tireless efforts to improve and maintain international relations over his lifetime.  Each year the Garner Award recognizes an individual or group that best exemplifies Dr. Garner’s contributions to improve international relations and friendships.  Former recipients of the award are UA professor Ed Moseley, Rainer Albright Jamison, Tom and Virginia Joiner, Tuscaloosa’s International Friends, Dr. Charles and Flora Barnes, Ron and Judith Sawyer, Mayor Alvin DuPont, Dr. Malcolm Portera and Koichi Yamane, Dr. Chad Hilton, Dr. Marilyn Emplaincourt, Drs. Phillip and Bunnie LaMoreaux, Greg and Verna Madrid, David and Linda Ford, and Mayor Walt Maddox and the Tuscaloosa City Council.


Name & Address of Nominee:


Name & e-mail address of Person Making Nomination:

Reasons for nomination (be as specific as possible; use additional sheets if necessary):

Please return by March 1, 2013  to:  Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International   1305 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401  Phone: (205) 343-0100   or e-mail

2012 TSCI Community Delegation to Ghana

Enjoy this mini digital tour of Ghana, as seen through the eyes of the 15-member TSCI Delegation visiting our newest Sister Cities, Sunyani and Techiman. We visited the historic Cape Coast, Mole National Park, Brong Ahafo Region, Kumasi and Accra. Sincere thanks to our gracious and generous hosts in Sunyani and Techiman!

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Tuscaloosa City Schools 10th and 11th Graders: It’s time to apply for the 2013 Tuscaloosa Student Exchange to Schorndorf, Germany!


 $1500 Per Student


Fully escorted, includes round-trip airfare from Birmingham to Germany, 4-day side trip to Paris, France, and much more!


If you have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.8, no discipline issues or excessive tardies or absences, please come to the office to fill out an interest application!! All interest applications must be returned by October 1, 2012 to:  Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International, 1305 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401   Qualified students will participate in a competitive selection process, and be required to submit a completed detailed application packet by November. Interviews will be held in December.

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Narashino Student Delegation Enjoys Tuscaloosa Exchange July 2012

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Students from Narashino High School enjoyed their July 12-29 visit to Tuscaloosa and the USA!  The students lived with host families while they were in Tuscaloosa, and enjoyed a variety of fun activities while they were here!  The students took English language classes each morning at the University of Alabama, taught by Dr. Tim Cook, and before they returned home, spent a few days touring New Orleans, Louisiana and Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Konnichiwa! Hello! Guten Tag!

Welcome to Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International. Our goal is to promote long-term, global people-to-people relationships through international leadership, friendship and understanding.

Since 1986, Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International has facilitated hundreds of productive partnerships through cultural, civic and educational exchanges.

Our Sister City relationships with Narashino, Japan, Schorndorf, Germany, and Sunyani-Techiman, Ghana continually enriches our community and its citizens, providing an avenue for the people in each city to develop friendly and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships.

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