Review: Peres Owino's "Bound: Africans vs. African Americans" (2014)
Storytelling has always been an important practice among African and African American communities. Through storytelling, the peoples of these two groups have been able to teach and learn valuable lessons, convey their histories, and have been able to provide answers to life’s questions. Such storytelling is found in Bound: Africans vs. African Americans, an illuminating documentary by Kenyan-born Peres Owino about the rarely discussed tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film traces the tensions back centuries to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the crucial moment when the two groups split in the first place. Now, as the film documents, the two communities primarily know each other through stereotypes.