The Fruitless Tree
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.
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.