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West African Film Series

Date: 02/20/13
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: The Dorsky Museum
Location: Lecture Center 104
Contact: Amy Pickering, x3844,
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Kick-off of a West African bi-weekly film series in conjunction with the exhibitions "Photo-Rapide: Francois Deschamps" and "Malian Portrait Photography." Manthia Diawara, Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at NYU presents his film, "Bamako Sigi-Kan." Set in Bamako, capital of Mali, this unconventional documentary tells the story of the return of the director to his hometown to see how his childhood friends are coping with globalization. Full of nostalgia, he has also brought along an African American photographer friend, for whom he plays the role of a tour guide. Together, they are confronted with the everyday reality of the city, and the changes brought on by structural adjustment and other World Bank policies. The director is surprised to find that his childhood buddies have different, and often contradictory, views on globalization.