Monday, September 30, 2013

Cameras d'Afrique: The Films of West Africa

See this great October film festival coming up in Los Angeles:
 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Loyola Marymount University present over 20 fiction and nonfiction films will offer students and general audiences a rare look at the wealth of cinematic talent that has emerged from West Africa in the last 50 years. Long a Francophone section of the African continent, the films generated from directors as varied as the Senegalese artists Ousmane Sembène to the Diop family–director Djibril Diop Mambéty, his composer brother Wasis and Wasis’ daughter, Mati–and Mali’s Souleymane Cissé wrestle with the cultural imperialism of Europe, while observing the traditions that shaped West Africa. Featuring appearances by directors, panels and a series of four free community screenings on the LMU campus. Please note: Program subject to change
LACMA- Bing Theater (5905 Wilshire Boulevard)
LMU- Communication Arts Building (1 LMU Drive)
Los Angeles, CA CA
October 3–October 28, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ LACMA

5:30 PM – Bye Bye Africa
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad, 1999)
The debut film by Mahamet-Saleh Haroun is a new step in meta-cultural commentary. Haroun draws his narrative from the real life forces that pulled him, and many artists from Francophone Africa, in several directions. Bye Bye Africa is a daring treatment of the age-old story–being a continent man versus a man of the continent. (86 mins)

8:30 PM – Grigris
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad, 2013)
U.S. premiere
Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Vulcan Award
25-year-old Grigris dreams of becoming a dancer, despite his paralyzed leg, but his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls ill and Grigris must work for a gang of petrol smugglers in order to save him. Featuring original music by Wasis Diop. (101 mins)

Saturday, October 5, 2013 @ LACMA
12:00 PM – Finyé (The Wind)
Souleymane Cissé (Mali, 1982)
Two classmates from disparate worlds find themselves in the midst of a political stand when a force of nature drives another such force into action. (100 mins)

2:10 PM – Borom Sarret

Ousmane Sembène (Senegal, 1963)
As Borom Sarret struggles to make a living with his streetcar,the film becomes both a social statement and an extremely personal story. When Sarret enters the forbidden and exclusive quarter of Dakar, he takes a stand against how he is treated. (20 mins)

Followed by:
2:30 PM – Panel: The State of African Cinema

Monday, October 7, 2013 @ LMU
7:30 PM – La Femme Porte l’Afrique (The Woman Wears Africa)

Idriss Diabaté (Côte d’Ivoire, 2008)
A documentary about the daily lives of women who work to provide for their children in the hopes that they can go to school and escape a life of poverty. (52 mins)

Followed by:
Tilaï (The Law)
Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso, 1990)
Winner of the 1990 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
IN PERSON Idrissa Ouédraogo
Saga returns home to his village to find his father married to Saga’s fiancée, Nogma. A family destroyed from the inside by an envy that binds two brothers together even as it drives them apart. (81 mins)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ LACMA
7:30 PM – Caméra d’Afrique

Férid Boughedir (Tunisia, 1983)
Director Férid Boughedir’s first documentary takes the viewer from 1960s through to the 1980s, showing both a curatorial eye as well as an artistic perspective on African filmmaking. (95 mins)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ LACMA
7:30 PM – L’Absence (The Absence)
Mama Kéïta (Senegal, 2009)
After achieving great success studying abroad in France, Adama, a young engineer, rushes back to his home country of Senegal when he receives a telegram saying his grandmother is very ill. His brief stay will revive a family drama seemingly forgotten. (82 mins)

Followed by:
Buud Yam
Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso, 1997)
IN PERSON Gaston Kaboré
Set in nineteenth century Niger, Buud Yam is an absorbing tale of self-belief versus fate. Wend, a young tribesman, fights against his bad luck as he tries to be a better man to his adopted family than the father who abandoned his mother. (97 mins)

Monday, October 14, 2013 @ LMU

7:30 PM – Au Nom du Christ (In the Name of Christ)

Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Côte d’Ivoire, 1993)
A social satire about religion and organized faith, Magliore is a pig farmer turned miracle man who claims to be a cousin of Christ. (85 mins)

Preceded by:
Et la Neige n’Etait Plus (And the Snow Was No Longer)

Ababacar Samb-Makharam (Senegal, 1965)
A young Senegalese scholar comes back from France. What has he learned? What did he forget? How will he confront the new African realities? Et la Neige n'Etait Plus exposes 1960s African youth culture with candor, courage and humor. (22 mins)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ LACMA

7:00 PM – La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)

Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegal, 1999)
After Sili, a young beggar, is attacked she decides to challenge the rule that only boys can sell newspapers on the streets of Dakar and determines to provide for herself. (45 mins)

8:15 PM – Yeelen (Brightness)
Souleymane Cissé (Mali, Burkina Faso, 1987)
An epic tale of Niankoro’s quest to find his father and the grandmother who has tried to keep the father–a deadly wizard–away from him. (105 mins)

Monday, October 21, 2013 @ LMU

7:30 PM – Xalima La Plume

Ousmane William Mbaye (Senegal, 2004)
Mbaye’s documentary focuses on the life and mastery of folk singer Seydina Inya Wade, whose unique guitar and vocal stylings created a powerful storytelling convention. (51 mins)

Followed by:
President Dia

Ousmane William Mbaye (Senegal, 2012)
This documentary, set in the world of Senegalese politics, recounts the story of President Senghor and Prime Minister Dia’s efforts to rebuild their homeland. When Dia’s vital Socialism began to emerge and galvanize the country, Senghor had him removed and Dia tries to comprehend every level of his betrayal. (55 mins)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ LACMA

7:30 PM – Mille Soleils (A Thousand Suns)

Mati Diop (Senegal & France)
Los Angeles Premiere
Mille Soleils picks up 40 years after the film Touki Bouki left off, exploring what has happened since the film’s two young lovers, Mory and Anta, have separated. Mory, who stayed in Dakar after Anta went to Paris, now wonders what happened to the love of his youth. (45 mins)

8:15 PM – Touki Bouki

Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegal, 1973)
Influenced by the French New Wave, Touki Bouki is the story of Mory, a brash young rebel who cruises the streets of Dakar on a motorcycle, and Anta, the woman he loves. Their dream of leaving Dakar and moving to Paris is ruined when Anta leaves but Mory stays behind. (95 mins)

Special Screening! Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ LMU
7:30 PM – Tey (Today)
Alain Gomis (Senegal, 2012)
Winner of the 2013 FESPACO Gold Stallion Award and Best Actor Saul Williams
IN PERSON Alain Gomis and Saul Williams
In his third feature, director Alain Gomis takes a well-worn topic in Senegalese cinema and turns it on its head: unlike other films, many of which choose to focus on emigration and neo-colonialism, Gomis’ work instead tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth. (88 mins)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ LACMA
7:30 PM – Soleil O (Oh, Sun)
Med Hondo (Mauritanie, 1969)
Soleil O tracks an African desperately in search of his French ancestors who eventually discovers what has been taken away from him, and questions whether a sacrificed soul can be reclaimed. (102 mins)

Monday, October 28, 2013 @ LMU
7:30 PM – Le Damier (The Draughtsmen)
Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda (Gabon, 1996)
The Founding-President-for-Life, the first citizen of his country, plays draughts–a verbal duel where both players hurl insults at each other– with the man known as the all-class people’s champion and becomes “Papa National Oyé.” (40 mins)

Followed by:
Abidjan Des Enfants (Abidjan Children)
Idriss Diabaté (Côte d’Ivoire, 1999)
Part documentary, part animation, Abidjan Des Enfants shows children working odd jobs in their daily lives in Abidjan. The cartoon was created by the Abidjan children and tells the story of a young boy, Guede, whose adventures take place in their city. (47 mins)
Info forwarded by the UCLA African Studies Center

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