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Jessica Rosner <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 19 Jun 2003 11:51:28 -0400
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Just to put in two shameless plugs
Try to catch the print of YEELEN as it is NEW
Also YEELEN  & GENESIS will by out on DVD along with
HYENAS at the end of the year ( we actually have YEELEN now but it is for
institutional sales only)
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
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> From: Michael Mason <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 15:36:26 -0400
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> Subject: Malian Cinema at the Smithsonian Institution
> Malian Cinema on the Mall
> Open Free to the Public
> Baird Auditorium Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
> Screening times: 1 pm
> Acclaimed feature-length films, two documentaries, and one animation from
> Mali, shown in conjunction with the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
> Malian cinema is known for its rich storytelling and imagery.
> Th 26 Guimba, un Tyran un Epoque (Guimba the Tyrant). (1995, 93 min. In
> Bambara and Peul/Eng. subtitles.) Winner of the most prestigious award of
> African cinema, the 1995 Yennenga Stallion, this film is a meditation on
> tyranny and demonstrates indeed that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
> Guimba=s tyranny knows no boundaries. His excesses, however, bring about his
> inevitable downfall. Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko.
> Fri 27 Kabala. (2002, 76 min. In Bambara and French/Eng. subtitles.) The
> well in this small town of the Mandé is drying up; but the elders will not
> accept human intervention, fearing that it would desecrate the well.
> However, when Hamala returns to Kabala after four years of absence, things
> are bound to change. Director: Assane Kouyaté
> Su 29 Bamako Sigi Kan (The Pact of Bamako). (2002, 76 min. In Bambara,
> French, and Eng.) In this documentary, Manthia Diawara returns to Bamako
> from New York City where he lives and captures the concerns and aspirations
> of Malians at the beginning of the 21st century. These include conflicting
> views about globalization and the desire of Malian youth for uncensored
> self-expression through hip hop and sabar. (local dance form). Director:
> Manthia Diawara, in person.
> We 2 Passé vivant (Living Memory). (2003, 53 min. In Bambara and
> French/Eng. subtitles.) This first installment of a six-part documentary
> film series is arguably one of the most comprehensive looks at Malian art
> and culture on film. It explores issues of photography, music, architecture,
> ritual arts, and the complexities of cultural display.  In person: Susan
> Vogel (writer/director) and Samuel Sidibé (producer/writer).
> L=enfant terrible (The Mischievous Child). (Animation, 1993, 12 min.) This
> is the story of a child who talks, eats and walks on the day of his birth. A
> few days later, he goes looking for his brother, finds him, and they journey
> together. What follows is the adventure of a little, ungrateful boy who
> drags his brother into his wrongdoing.  A film by Kadiatou Konaté. (For six
> years and older)
> Th 3 Faraw, mère des sables (Faraw, Mother of the Dunes). (1997, 90 min. In
> Songhoi/Eng. subtitles.) This is a story of a woman=s self-determination in
> the face of tremendous obstacles. Zamiatou is the mother of two boys and a
> teenage girl and the wife of a tortured former political prisoner. Refusing
> to let her daughter resort to prostitution to provide for the family, she
> takes her family=s destiny in her own hands and walks miles in the desert in
> search of daily bread * Director: Abdoulaye Ascofaré.
> Fri 4 La Genèse (Genesis). (1999, 102 min. In Bambara/Eng. Subtitles.) La
> Genèse is director Sissoko=s adaptation of chapters 24, 25, 34 and 37 of the
> Book of Genesis. Using non-linear storytelling techniques and gorgeous
> Malian settings and costumes, this film is an allegorical meditation on
> fratricidal war -- anywhere in the world. Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko.
> Sa 5 Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power). (1997, 95 min. In Kaado and Bambara/Eng.
> subtitles.) Set in the Dogon country in the 18th century, this film adapts a
> Dogon myth in which women take power from men and invert gender roles. Men
> cook, take care of babies and wear skirts, while women enjoy smoking,
> wearing trousers and making decisions. The war of the sexes is declared. Who
> will win? Director: Adama Drabo.
> Su 6 Yeelen. (1987, 105 min. In Bambara/Eng. Subtitles.) When Souleymane
> Cissé released Yeelen in 1987, it became an instant classic of world cinema.
> Nianankoro (Issiaka Kane), a young man, acquires the secret knowledge of
> Komo; but he is pursued by his father Soma (Niamanto Sanogo) who wants him
> dead because he cannot stand his son being his equal. The final
> confrontation between father and son is a piece of cinema history. Director:
> Souleymane Cissé
> Presented in conjunction with the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
> Sponsored by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the
> National Museum of Natural History=s Office of Education and African Voices
> Program, with support from the United States Department of State.
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