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The Fruitless Tree

  • In Person

    Mark Freeman, a professor in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University, will introduce his short film, dancedance/REVOLUTION.

Aïcha Macky’s original impetus for making her first feature-length film was to reflect on her mother’s death in childbirth. Her project became even more personal as she turned to her own experience as a married woman without children. While a universal issue, infertility is a taboo topic in Niger, which has the highest average birthrate in the world. Through sharing women’s stories of being stigmatized by infertility—and of dealing with husbands who refuse to be tested, who abandon them, or who take other wives—Macky advocates for a fuller identity for Nigerien women.

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Haoussa
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 52 mins
Source
  • African Film Festival National Traveling Series
Followed By

dancedance/REVOLUTION

Mark Freeman, South Africa, 2017

In post-apartheid South Africa, contemporary dancers address issues of race and gender, with fresh approaches grounded in history, memory, and personal identity.

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 26 mins
  • African Film Festival National Traveling Series