ON SCREEN · FILM
These films are programmed as part of a spring lecture series on Afro/Black Europe and a symposium (April 27–28) on Afro/Black Paris, organized by the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Each film explores hot-button issues related to race, identity and migration today in various European countries.
Find more information about the Afro/Black Paris Symposium and Afro/Black Europe Film Series
There will be a reception between the films featuring a short performance by Soyeya, a Dartmouth student dance group exploring both modern and traditional forms of dance from across the African continent.
TICKETSFri Apr 27 2018 - 5:00 PM
Discussion follows with co-director Mame-Fatou Niang
Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country’s identity to the forefront. In Mariannes Noires, seven French-born women of African descent examine their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. While some came from great privilege and others from nothing at all, they each have attained a high level of success and influence, which they use to increase visibility for other Black women. Despite their power, achievements and leadership, and no matter their class background or ancestral heritage, they all endure systemic inequality.
The women take us through their battles and retrace the most grueling paths in order to illuminate the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny while bravely leading the way forward.
D: Kaytie Nielsen & Mame-Fatou Niang, France, subtitled, 2016, Runtime: 1h10m
An Opera of the World
TICKETSFri Apr 27 2018 - 8:00 PM
Discussion follows with director Manthia Diawara
What happens when artistic cultures migrate and meet? How do migrants navigate between tradition and assimilation?
The centerpiece of Manthia Diawara’s moving hybrid film is a staging of Wasis Diop’s Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, filmed on location in 2007 in Bamako, Mali, and chronicling a young mother’s desperate attempts to secure a better future.
Diawara’s film serves as a mirror, building an aesthetic and reflexive story through song and dance about the current yet timeless drama of migration between North and South, and the ongoing refugee crises. The success and limits of fusing African and European perspectives are tested by interlacing performances from the Bintou Were opera, past and present archival footage of migrations, classic European arias, and interviews with European and African intellectuals, artists and social activists.
D: Manthia Diawara, Mali/USA, subtitled, 2017, Runtime: 1h10m