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Africana Film Festival celebrates filmmaker


Miami will host its second Africana Film Festival, "The Worlds of Ousmane Sembène: Africa's Most Revolutionary Filmmaker" March 28-30. Events are scheduled at the Middletown, Hamilton and Oxford campuses.

Click here for a full schedule of events, film descriptions and presenter information. The festival is convened by Babacar Camara, associate professor of French and Italian and black world studies.

"Sembène tirelessly devoted his life to intellectually and artistically fight against any form of oppression and social injustice," Camara said. "The festival is meant to serve both as an opportunity to open up new inroads in the criticism of Sembene's artistic achievement and address the broader question of the place of African filmic creation in the broader context of European and American post-war movements. 
It will also be a learning opportunity for Miami university students and the community in general."

Middletown campus, March 28 
(Campus Community Center)
 and at Hamilton campus, March 29 (Parrish Auditorium):
10 a.m. Roundtable Discussion

1 p.m. "La Noire de..." (1966) 

1:30 p.m. "Camp de Thiaroye" (1989)

4:40 p.m. "Xala" (1974)

 (shown at Miami Hamilton Downtown March 29)

Oxford Campus, March 30, 115 Shideler Hall 

1 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 

2:30 p.m. "Borom Sarret" (1963)

3:10 p.m. "La Noire de..." (1966)

4:40 p.m. "Moolade"(2004)

7:30 p.m. "Faat Kine" (1999)

All events are free and open to the public.

The festival is co-sponsored by the black world studies and film studies programs, Center for American and World Cultures. Farmer School of Business, department of French and Italian, the office of the provost, office of international education and the office of student affairs.

Additional presentations March 30

The schedule at the Oxford campus, March 30, also includes presentations by invited scholars on African cinema and Sembène starting at 8:30 a.m. in 322 McGuffey Hall:

Samba Gadjigo, writer, producer, director and author of Ousmane Sembène: Une Conscience Africaine;

Anny Dominique Curtius, associate professor of Francophone Studies and co-director of the Caribbean Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program at the University of Iowa;

David Murphy, professor of French and postcolonial studies at the University of Stirling (UK);

Sada Niang, professor of French, University of Victoria, Canada; and

Françoise Pfaff, professor of French and Francophone studies at Howard University.


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