Cinema @ DBI

 


Cinema@DBI Spring Schedule


Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
Raoul Peck, 1992
Documentary/Faction, 69 mins.
 
Mandabi
Ousmane Sembene, 1968
Fiction, 90 mins.
Sembene’s classic film on daily urban life in the face of a neocolonial regime
 
Have You Seen Drum, Recently?
Jürgen Schadeberg, 1998
Documentary, 77 mins.
On the ground-breaking, multiracial magazine that chronicled a life of music, film, art, literature and intense engagement at the heart of Johannesburg in the 1950s, under the very nose (and eventually the nightsticks and guns) of the apartheid regime.
 
IN / FLUX
A three-volume DVD compilation of experimental and art video from the African world, In/Flux is a partnership between two cutting-edge initiatives: SPARCK – Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge / The Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa – and Lowave, Paris, France. In/Flux explores radical takes from Africa on emergent urban cultures and imaginaries. Hailing from multiple places and viewpoints, the films compiled in In/Flux Volume One speak in distinctly counter-hegemonic voices to the nature, complexities and alternative possibilities of movement in and between cities in the global present-future.
 
Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon
Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff, 1982
Documentary, 53 mins.
followed with a showing of "Black President" (Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders)
Short PBS piece by Cassandra Herrman, 2010
Documentary, 16 mins.
On the deeply politically engaged musician and composer Fela Anikulapo Kuti (first film) and the continuing engagement of his youngest son, Seun Kuti (second film)

 

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 IN / FLUX 


A three-volume DVD compilation of experimental and art video from the African world, In/Flux is a partnership between two cutting-edge initiatives: SPARCK - Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge / The Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa - and Lowave, Paris, France. In/Flux explores radical takes from Africa on emergent urban cultures and imaginaries. Hailing from multiple places and viewpoints, the films compiled in In/Flux Volume One speak in distinctly counter-hegemonic voices to the nature, complexities and alternative possibilities of movement in and between cities in the global present-future. Selections of the In/Flux DVD were presented yesterday at the New York African Film Festival.


Introduction given by DBI Fellow
Dominique Malaquais
Senior Researcher, Centre d'Etudes des Mondes Africains (CEMAf) CNRS
with Special Guest:
Kadiatou Diallo
Malaquais and Diallo are co-directors of SPARCK,
Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge, a program of the Africa Centre (Cape Town, South Africa)

FELA KUTI: MUSIC IS THE WEAPON Urban Cosmopolitan: Spring Film  Series
 
This short documentary was filmed in 1982 and captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak.  Music Is the Weapon features interviews with Fela and a few of his many wives, along with performances of "ITT," "Army Arrangement," and other anthems.  A controversial figure throughout his life, Fela is described as both a "superstar" and "man of the people."  This short, but potent document ably explores that dichotomy.
 
Followed with a showing of Black Presidents (Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders), a short PBS documentary by Cassandra Herrman.

 

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