African Perspectives: "Little Senegal" by Rachid Bouchareb, Saturday 30 January 2010, 19h at Studio 77
AfricAvenir and Studio 77 in the framework of the Film Series African Perspectives and in cooperation with Bank Windhoek Arts Festival and the FNCC are presenting the masterpiece "Little Senegal" by Rachid Bouchareb on Saturday 30 January 2010 at 19h at Studio 77. Entrance: 10,- N$.
directed by Rachid Bouchareb, 2001
Algeria / France / Germany, 97 min, Orig. with English subtitles
Senegal in the year 2000. Recently retired, Alloune, a former guide in the “History of Slavery” museum on the island of Goree, Senegal, decides to travel to the USA to find the descendants of his ancestors, who were brought as slaves to the ‘New World’ 200 years ago.
In Little Senegal, a small african neighbourhood in Harlem, Alloune meets his cousin Ida, who is not at all excited about his idea, to bring together the family, regardless of the centuries and the existing boarders.
By meeting various people like his nephew Hassan, who drives an illegal taxi and his fiancee Biram, Allounes understanding of history is supplemented by his experience of the present, a present that emphasises the contradictions and conflicts between the USA and Africa.
“A permanent movement between direct emotions and critical distance: Like this the film manages, though the open space of reflection and liberty, to fascinate his audience.” Le Monde
“An intelligent and fascinating perspective on some of America’s fundamental topics and problems.” Variety
“Like Jim Jarmusch in “Stranger Than Paradise” Bouchareb renews universal topics like exil, forgetting ones origins, and the frightening nakedness of the modern world, with a staggering simplicity.” Le Point
on: Sat., 30. 01. 2010, 19h00
where: Studio 77 (Old Breweries Complex, entrance from Garten St.)
entrance: 10,- N$