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West African Film Series: "Faraw! Mother of the Dunes"

Date: 03/06/13
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: The Dorsky Museum
Location: Coykendall Science Bldg. Auditorium
Contact: Amy Pickering, x3844,
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"Faraw!" is a family drama set against the immense backdrop of the Sahara desert. Described by director and screenwriter Abdoulaye Ascofaré as a homage to his mother, who herself had a hard life, the film follows the fortunes of a mother (Zamiatou) of two quarrelsome boys and a depressed teenage girl. Zamiatou is also the wife of a man arrested for political reasons who returns from prison mentally and physically destroyed. She struggles hard to survive in a poor and desolate area. Ready to face anything to keep the family alive except prostituting her beautiful daughter, her determination takes her far from her family. "Faraw!" shows the impact of visiting Europeans on the African family, and aims for a true sense of realism