Juju Factory, February 28
A Congolese intellectual in Brussels struggles to keep his new book from being exoticized in this dazzling cinematic essay on exile, colonialism, and history, a combination of the challenging theatrics of Brecht and the intellectual savvy of Frantz Fanon.
Osvalde Lewat-Hallade's thoughtful documentary on the Cameroonian prison system “shows you what a camera can do.”-Village Voice. With Lewat-Hallade's A Love During the War.
An eclectic, electric program offers magic realism from Lesotho, documentary from Zimbabwe, and social commentary from Nigeria.
Sissako's rapturous portrait of his father's village in Mali as it waits for the 21st century. With Sissako's Rostov-Luanda.
Hip-hop and laptops collide with religious edicts and traditional demands in this lively romantic drama from Guinea. “An impressive debut.”-Variety
Free First Thursday Screening! Introduced by Paap Alsaan Sow. Two influential early films by African cinema's spiritual father, Ousmane Sembène: Borom Sarret and Tauw. With Menged, an award-winning new film from Ethiopia, featuring music by Tlahoun Gessesse.
Abderrahmane Sissako's tale of life in a Mauritanian seaside village unfolds in a series of arresting images. “A poignant, poetic reflection on themes of exile, travel, home, and displacement.”-Variety
See Thursday, January 24.
Set in the Malian capital of its title, Abderrahmane Sissako's passionate polemic centers on a show trial in which the plaintiff, “African society,” argues against exploitation by the defendant, the World Bank. Repeated on Saturday, January 26.