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IMAGES OF AFRICA AN AFRICAN FILM SERIES

November 15-21 2013 St. Anthony Main Theatre

Mixed Blood Theatre

115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

1501 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis

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January 23, 1949 - October 25, 2004

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Walker Art Center

An Album:

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Cinematheque Tangier, Opens November 21

a project by Yto Barrada

Sculptures and films by Yto Barrada, vintage and artist-commissioned movie posters, and Scopitone films come together to create an album that portrays Morocco’s rich and complex visual and cinematic culture.

Selection of posters (1953– 2011) from the exhibition An Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada © Cinémathèque de Tanger Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.

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Welcome to Images of Africa an African Film Series – November 15-21, 2013 In 2013, African cinema - filmmaking following the colonial rule which ended in so many African countries in the early 1960s – officially celebrates its 50th year. The imagery of African cinema is vivid, the themes are social and political, the stories are personal and often address the conflicts between the old and the new.

Susan Smoluchowski

Executive Director The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

The Film Society is very proud to present this series at such an important moment in the life of African cinema. The series opens with The Square (by Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim), a film that has taken the 2013 festival circuit by storm and has been dubbed a ‘modern masterpiece’, and closes with Mother of George (by Nigerian born Andrew Dosunmu), opening this fall to great critical acclaim. In between you will find a mix of classic and contemporary film, drawing titles from the work of established directors Ousmane Sembene (Senegal) and Merzak Allouache (Algeria) and known film production regions like Senegal, Egypt, South Africa, and Nigeria, as well as from emerging directors and film production countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Chad, Ghana, and Rwanda. We also looked for MN connections. These include Danai Guirira, the principal actress in Mother of George, and a graduate of Macalester College; Cherif Keita, director of Remembering Nokutela, on faculty at Carleton; Ben Nabors, director of William and the Windmill, who attended Carleton; Fathia Absie, director of Broken Dreams, who lives and works here. All of

these directors, and others, as well as members of our advisory group, will be present to introduce and discuss films over the series’ seven day run. Images of Africa is part of the Film Society’s Diaspora Project, a program of films, dialogues and discussions illuminating elements of the human experience that exist across cultural boundaries and exploring the experiences of Minnesota’s new international communities. The series was informed by a number of advisors with a deep knowledge of African cinema, including in particular Charlie Sugnet and Joelle Vitiello who were instrumental in providing context and programmatic recommendations, as well as by many community partners, all listed on pages 6 and 7 in this program. Many thanks to all of them, specifically Abdi Roble and JoJo Ndege, and to Jack Reuler, who has generously made his Mixed Blood Theatre available as a venue. We hope that these films will spark conversations and connections among Minnesotans of many different backgrounds and cultures... Please tell your friends and neighbors to join us -- we look forward to seeing you all…

The Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership-based organization with a rich 50-year history of exhibiting the very best of contemporary and historical independent, local national and international cinema to Minnesota audiences. In doing so, we inform our audiences about the culture, histories, news and filmmaking artistry from countries around the world, all through the moving power of film. www.mspfilmsociety.org Images of Africa and the Diaspora Project are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Support is also provided by the members of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

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SERIES INFORMATION CONTENTS

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Welcome......................................................4 Series Info....................................................5 Sponsors and Supporters......................6 Board/Staff/Acknowledgements........7 Membership...........................................8-9 The Films.............................................10-22 Special Pesentations................................10 Main Slate..........................................11-22 Index...........................................................23 Series Schedule.......................................24

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Special Screenings*

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$10

$15

Film Society Member

$7

$12

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*Opening and Closing Presentations with Receptions General Public Ticketing 12pm-9pm at the St. Anthony Main Theatre Box Office 12pm- 4pm at the Mixed Blood Theatre 24-hours a day at mspfilmsociety.org Sellouts and Rush Tickets A rush line is formed when there are no remaining tickets available for a screening. Any unclaimed seats 10 minutes before showtime will be released for sale to the rush line first-come-first-served. Sales Policy The Film Society’s refund policy is that ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. (Excluding cases of cancellation or rescheduling).

St. Anthony Main Theatre 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN stanthonymaintheatre.com 612.331.4724 Mixed Blood Theatre 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN mixedblood.com 612.338.6131 Paid parking for the St. Anthony Main Theatre is located on the corner of 2nd Ave & 2nd St. Metered street parking is also available. Paid parking for the Mixed Blood Theatre is located in the ramp at 19th Ave & Riverside just two blocks from Mixed Blood. Parking is also available in the lot on 4th Street (pre-pay kiosk) and at metered spots on surrounding streets.

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SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is supported in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Thank you to the businesses, community organizations, and individuals who helped make this series possible: African Economic Development Center Afro Deli Alliance Française Carleton College Cedar Cultural Center Darryl Streeter Judge LaJune Lange, Honorary Consul to South Africa Patrick Henry High School Somali Artifacts and Cultural Museum

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St. Anthony Main Theatre Kjell Bergh and Borton Volvo Macalester College Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Mizna Rimon and the Sabes JCC University of Minnesota Walker Art Center


BOARD, STAFF, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Film Society Board of Directors Mary Reyelts, Board Chair Melodie Bahan Anne Carayon Richard Cohen Tom DeBiaso Tim Grady Rob Silberman Susan Smoluchowski Karen Sternal Mark Tierney Stephen Zuckerman Series Advisory Group Mahen Bonetti, Director, NY African Film Festival Cherif Keita, Filmmaker Jojo Ndege, Kilimanjaro Entertainment Abdi Roble, Photographer, Somali Documentary Project Charles Sugnet, Professor, University of MN Joëlle Vitiello, Professor, Macalester College

Film Society Staff Susan Smoluchowski - Executive Director Jesse Bishop - Programming Manager Eric Wilson - Marketing and Development Manager Andrew Lussenhop - Multimedia Coordinator Christopher James - Publicist Alex Wolf - Submissions Coordinator Amanda Bialon - Development Assistant Mary Kate Burnes - Outreach & Marketing Assistant Megan Schultz - Multimedia Intern Maury Steinman - Operations Manager

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Acknowledgements We would like to thank the many individuals whose assistance with this series is key to our success and to our audience’s experience. The list is not in any particular order, and if we’ve left you off by some terrible mistake, it is because the list is so very long that, in the thick of things, we almost lose count... Thanks to our generous members and donors, the St. Anthony Main and Mixed Blood Theatre staff, as well as Jack Reuler, Julia Gallagher, Sheryl Mousley, Tom Gitaa, Jeff Arundel, Dana Thompson, Ken Abdo, Hafed Bouassida, Heidi Marsh, Daniel Getahun, Lana Barkawi, Mohannad Ghawanmeh, Ingrid Lang, Scott Pollock, Hisham Bizri, Liz Armstrong, David Little, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Alita Watson, John Schott, Sylvia Kaplan, Carol Patrikakos, Abdivahman Kahim, Lisa Rubin, John Wright, Craig Rice, Lucinda Winter, Andrew Peterson, Sven Shelgren, Ahmed Tharwat, Andrea Brown, Qaiser Bakhtiari, Nadia Honary, Louisa Leone, Darryl Streeter, Dave Siewart and Ideal Printers, Kjell Bergh, Elodie Dupont, Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Kasia Karwan, Manon Bayet, Julien Rejl, Filipa Domingues, Michael Tuckman, Mallory Jacobs, Jacob Wolters, Charlie Olsky, Raquel Sales, Valda Dicks, Fathia Absie, Tariq Tarey, Laura Talsma, Cherif Keita, Ben Nabors, Jehane Noujaim, Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey, Darren Dean, Alrick Brown, Linda Duchin, Clément Bancel, Margot Rossi, Jamie Meltzer, Chinonye Chukwu, Kal Touré, Merzak Allouache, François Verster, Bryan Little, Yousry Nasrallah, Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet, João Viana, Khalo Matabane, Youssef Chahine, Safinez Bousbia, Mahamet-Saleh Haroun, Mika Kaurismäki, Andrew Dosunmu, Judy Kibinge, Stefanie Sycholt, and the many legislators who, through their support of the Legacy Amendment, have made this event possible.

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OPENING PRESENTATION The Square Al Midan Director Jehane Noujaim Invited Regional Premiere, Opening Presentation & Reception Dir. Jehane Noujaim Egypt, USA 2013 Arabic, English 104 min Documentary Two and a half years of revolution have felt like an unending rollercoaster for the Egyptian people. World news agencies cover the bloodiest battles, the latest elections, and the protest marches of millions of people, but that coverage barely scratches the surface. The Square is a transformative experience, taking the viewer inside the revolution by telling the dramatic personal stories of Egyptians who have lived and taken part in the revolution. It is the inspiring story of young people claiming their rights in the fight to create a society of conscience. FRI

11/15

7:00 PM

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5-7pm, 9-11pm: Reception at Aster Cafe. Before and after the screening, join us for drink specials, complimentary appetizers, and more.

CLOSING PRESENTATION Mother of George Director Andrew Dosunmu Attending Regional Premiere, Closing Presentation & Reception Dir. Andrew Dosunmu USA 2013 English 107 min Narrative Adenike and Ayodele (The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira and veteran actor Isaach De BankolÊ) are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the joyous celebration of the their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child - a problem that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal. THU

11/21

7:00PM

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9-11pm: Reception at Aster Cafe. After the screening, join us for drink specials, complimentary appetizers, and more. *Playing for one week at St. Anthony Main Theatre Nov. 22-28

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A Lion’s Trail Dir. François Verster South Africa, USA 2005 English 58 min Documentary “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is one of the most recognizable pop songs in the world. But how many people realize that this American hit tune was actually written by Solomon Linda, a Zulu musician who never earned a cent in royalties and died in poverty? Directed by award-winning filmmaker François Verster, A Lion’s Tail traces the music back to its original source, telling the story of how the Zulu song “Mbube” was transcribed by American folk singer Pete Seeger into “Wimoweh,” finally gaining international recognition as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” SUN

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9:00PM

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The African Cypher Regional Premiere Dir. Bryan Little South Africa 2013 English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, Tsotsitaal 89 min Documentary Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. Director Bryan Little harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B-boy. Crime and poverty may be a challenging reality in township life, but the dancers featured describe how their art has enriched their lives with new avenues, and pay it forward by engaging with youth through mentorship and dance training that breaks the cycle of crime and offers hope. At times breathless and others profound, The African Cypher is a cinematic experience that explores the emotional journey of a performer. FRI TUE

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After the Battle

Baal El Mawkeaa / Apres La Bataille Regional Premiere Dir. Yousry Nasrallah Egypt, France 2012 Arabic 122 min Narrative Mahmoud is one of the “Tahrir square horseriders” who, on February 2, 2011, manipulated by Mubarak’s regime, charged against the young revolutionaries. Beaten, humiliated, unemployed, ostracised in his neighbourhood near the Pyramids, Mahmoud and his family are losing their footing… It is then that he meets Reem, a young Egyptian divorcee, modern and secular, who works in advertising. Reem is a militant revolutionary and lives in a nice neighbourhood in Cairo. Their meeting will change their lives…

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Alaskaland Regional Premiere Dir. Chinonye Chukwu USA 2013 English 76 min Narrative Alaskaland tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the larger world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown. Although their time apart has created new frictions, they find their reconciliation bringing them closer to each other and to their roots in this gorgeous, knowing debut film.

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Aya of Yop City Aya de Yopougon

Regional Premiere Dir. Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet Ivory Coast, France 2012 French 85 min Narrartive Imaginatively adapted from Marguerite Abouet’s best-selling graphic novel series. Big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, not to mention when Moussa, the spoiled rotten Sissoko boy finds out he’s going to be a dad. How can he tell his old man, one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country? Against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated film set to a groovy soundtrack that offers a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of Africans. SUN THU

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The Battle of Tabatô Regional Premiere Dir. João Viana Guinea-Bissau, Portugal 2013 Mandinka 83 min Narrartive After 30 years of exile, Baio returns to Guinea-Bissau to attend his daughter, Fatu’s, wedding ceremony. She is marrying Idrissa, a popular musician in the band Supercamarimba, and the ceremony is to be held in Tabatô, a village of musicians. Despite his best efforts, memories of the war of independence begin to return to Baio, and he soon finds that to put the war and its ghosts to rest for ever, one last battle will have to be fought. Offering a non-eurocentered view of contemporary Africa, The Battle of Tabatô gives a new approach of Guinea-Bissau political history. It is both a lyrical poem and a song for peace. SAT WED

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Black Girl Post-screening discussion with Charles Sugnet, Images of Africa Program Advisor; Faculty, Univ. of MN Dir. Ousmane Sembene Senegal, France 1966 French 60 min Narrative Black Girl, acclaimed African filmmaker Ousmane Sembene’s debut feature, made a profound impression at international film festivals in 1966, and the evolution of African cinema can be dated from this point. Shot in a simple, New Wave style, it tells a bitter story of exile and despair. The heroine is a Senegalese maid taken to the Riviera by her employers. Once out of Africa she realizes what being African means: it means being a thing: “the black girl.” Sober and restrained, Black Girl never loses sight of its central theme of the myth of decolonization.

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11/15

5:00PM

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Broken Dreams

screens with Women, War and Resettlement: Nasro’s Journey Director Fathia Absie Attending Minnesota Made Dir. Fathia Absie USA, Somalia 2013 English 45 min Documentary Broken Dreams is a documentary film that delves into questions about the disappearance of young Somali men from Minneapolis, Minnesota, home to the nation’s largest Somali immigrant population. Families and community members were shocked to learn that many of these bright young men had returned to Somalia to fight for Al-Shabab, the terrorist group linked to Al-Qaida. Questions abound about integration, assimilation, allegiance, and identity. Women, War and Resettlement: Nasro’s Journey The story of one Somali woman’s journey from her war-torn homeland to a new home in Columbus, Ohio. (Dir. Tariq Tarey, Somalia, 2011, English, 27 min, Documentary) SAT

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Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon Post-screening discussion with Charles Sugnet, Images of Africa Program Advisor; Faculty, Univ. of MN Dir. Khalo Matabane South Africa 2005 English, French, Swahili, Zulu 80 min Narrative A young poet reading a Nuruddin Farah novel in a Johannesburg park becomes fascinated by Farah’s accounts of violence in and immigration from Somalia. He discusses the events with a Somali woman he meets, loses track of and goes on a quest to find. Along the way, he encounters immigrants from all over the world--- Congo, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, but also Jamaica, South Korea, and Palestine— who have taken refuge in Johannesburg, creating a cosmopolitan “new South Africa” very different from anything envisioned either by President de Klerk or the African National Congress. Matabene is one of South Africa’s smartest and most daring young directors, working far from Hollywood models of cinema. MON

11/18

6:30PM

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Destiny Al-massir

Dir. Youssef Chahine Egypt, France 1997 Arabic, French 135 min Narrative Winner: Cannes Film Festival 50th Anniversary Film Achievement Award Destiny is an action adventure spectacular about the 12th century Spanish-Arabian philosopher Averroles and his fight for free speech, literacy, and rationalism in Medieval Spain. Featuring raging battle scenes, philosophical discourses, rousing gypsy songs and dance, and stunning medieval architecture (the film was shot on location in Syria and Lebananon), Destiny is a genre bending historical epic with a contemporary message about the excesses of religious fundamentalism. MON

11/18

8:45PM

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Die Welt Regional Premiere Dir. Alex Pitstra Tunisia, Netherlands 2012 Arabic, Dutch, English 80 min Narrative Die Welt is an audacious hybrid between fiction and documentary, showing contemporary Tunisia shortly after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. In this insightful moral drama about a society in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy, we follow the young DVD salesman Abdallah, who becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to realize a fulfilling existence for himself. After meeting the Dutch tourist Anna, he starts dreaming of a better life in Europe, or Die Welt, as his father calls the promised land on the other side of the Mediterranean. Will Abdallah succeed—like his father did in the past—in getting to Europe with the help of a Dutch woman? Or will he have to find another way to escape his native country? SAT MON

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El Gusto Regional Premiere Dir. Safinez Bousbia Algeria, France, Ireland 2011 French 93 min Documentary This uplifting musical odyssey begins in a small mirror shop during the director’s visit to Algiers in 2003. Intrigued by some old photographs of a music class from the 1940s, she set out to track down the musicians in the photo, now aged between 70 and100 and living across Algeria and France. Five decades after their first lessons at the Conservatory of Algiers, the members of El Gusto, a diverse group of both Muslim and Jewish performers, recount the country’s turbulent history and their undying passion for “CHABBI” –a rhythmic cocktail of Andalusian, Berber, Arabic and Flamenco music traditions unique to the Algerian Casbah. The members of El Gusto, together again after a long haitus, unite to perform once again. SAT

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Finding Hillywood Regional Premiere Dir. Chris Towey, Leah Warshawski Rwanda, USA 2013 Kinyarwanda, English 96 min Documentary “Tell me. How do you propose we heal from genocide?” Ayuub Kasasa Mago stands along the shore of Rwanda’s Lake Kivu. He is haunted by what happened to his mother there nearly 20 years ago during Rwanda’s genocide - an event for which he believes himself to be responsible. Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing phenomenon film about the very beginnings of Rwanda’s film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities, Finding Hillywood is a real life example of the power of film to heal a man and a nation. MON

11/18

7:00PM

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Grigris Regional Premiere Dir. Mahamet-Zaleh Haroun Chad, France 2013 French, Arabic 101 min Narrative Winner: 2013 Cannes Film Festival Vulcan Award for Technical Achievement Despite a bum leg, 25-year-old Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, making some extra cash putting his killer moves to good use on the dance floor of his local club every weekend. His dreams are tested when his step-father falls critically ill and he’s forced to risk his future by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills. When he befriends Mimi, a beautiful but damaged prostitute, the two try to start a new life together. But despite their best efforts, the poor decisions of their pasts are never far behind. FRI TUE

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Guelwaar Dir. Ousmane Sembene Senegal, France, Germany, USA 1992 French, Wolof 115 min Narrative Guelwaar is a trenchant comic portrait of contemporary Africa by the great Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. It marks a return to the epic social comedy of Sembene’s previous masterpieces Mandabi and Xala, with a single, absurd situation crystallizing a wide-ranging vision of Senegalese society, African history, and human truths. After the mysterious death of a man called Guelwaar the Noble One, a political activist, and pillar of the local Christian community, it is discovered that Guelwaar’s errant corpse was mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetery. This sets off a tempest of bureaucratic red tape, family conflicts, and religious factionalism, culminating in a tense standoff at the disputed grave site. Perhaps the central issue of the film is the moral and economic damage done to poor countries by foreign food aid. Although now widely accepted, in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the position taken by Sembene was a daring and scandalous one. THU 11/21 6:30PM MIXED BLOOD

Hey Cousin! Salut Cousin!

Regional Premiere Dir. Merzak Allouache Algeria, France 1996 French 100 min After making some of the best serious films about Algeria’s civil war, Merzak Allouache directed this perfectly made immigration comedy set in Paris. Algerian country boy Alilo arrives in Paris for a stay with his cousin Mok, who fancies himself a hip rapper perfectly adapted to France. But as they hang out in the very African 18th arrondissment of Paris, Alilo falls in love with a sympathetic Senegalese girl, and Mok becomes the outsider. Allouache has a great eye for the details of North African life in France, and the comic plotting is excellent—inevitable and surprising at the same time. WED

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Kinyarwanda Regional Premiere Dir. Alrick Brown Rwanda, USA, France 2011 Kinyarwanda, English 96 min Narrative Winner: Sundance Dramatic World Cinema Audience Award At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti, the most respected Muslim leader in the Rwanda, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. MON 11/18 8:30PM ST. ANTHONY MAIN THU 11/21 9:15PM MIXED BLOOD PRESENTED BY BOOKS FOR AFRICA

Mama Africa Regional Premiere Dir. Mika Kaurismäki South Africa, Finland, Germany 2011 English 90 min Documentary Miriam Makeba was an incredible person. She was the first African musician to win international stardom, one whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots, as was her ceaseless message against racism and poverty. Miriam was forced into a life in exile, after exposing the harsh realities of apartheid. Singing for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performing with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie, being married to Hugh Masekela and then Stokely Carmichael, her life was a tumultuous one. In this revealing documentary, director Mika Kaurismäki provides a look at Makeba’s life as a woman who lived as a global campaigner against apartheid, and who stood for truth and justice on behalf of oppressed people. SUN

11/17

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Remembering Nokutela uKukhumbula uNokutela Director Cherif Keita Attending World Premiere Dir. Cherif Keita South Africa, USA 2013 English, Zulu 90 min Documentary All too often, the (hi)story of women is reduced to a footnote in the epic of brave men. In Africa, that footnote simply disappears when a woman has not been able to conceive or bear a child. Remembering Nokutela [uKukhumbula uNokutela in Zulu] is the 4-year long journey of Mali-born film director, Professor Chérif Keita of Carleton College, to rescue Nokutela Dube(1873-1917), a forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa, from the Purgatory of history, almost a century after her death at the age of 44. Woven into this deeply emotional and eerily serendipitous journey are the little-known connections between the director’s hometown of Northfield(rural Minnesota) and the birth of an important pro-democracy and social justice movement, the African National Congress, in Inanda (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), in the early 20th century. SUN

11/17

7:00PM

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Something Necessary Regional Premiere Dir. Judy Kibinge Kenya, Germany 2013 Swahili 85 min Narrative From the producers of Nairobi Half Life. Judy Kibinge’s second feature is a daring foray into Kenya’s legacy of trauma and brutality. Eschewing the stereotypes of the victim-perpetrator standoff with refreshing naturalism, she revisits this blood-drenched chapter by addressing its true complexity, using her characters to foreground that which has been repeatedly eluded in the media coverage, namely dignity, compassion, and fearlessness. Something Necessary is an uplifting parable about the need for forgiveness, atonement and solidarity against the sinister schemes engineered by politicians. SUN WED

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Themba: A Boy Called Hope Regional Premiere Dir. Stefanie Sycholt South Africa, Germany 2010 Isixhosa, English 104 min Narrative Filmed on location against the stunning rural landscapes of the Eastern Cape, Themba: A Boy Called Hope tells the story of a local boy who triumphs against adversity and proves that with talent and determination dreams can come true. Themba depicts the triumph of the human spirit and how belief in oneself and one’s talent is tantamount to never giving up. Themba goes behind the pin-up posters of soccer stars and shows us what really makes for a hero.

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11/16

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Victims of Our Riches Victimes de nos richesses Post-screening discussion with Charles Sugnet, Images of Africa Program Advisor; Faculty, Univ. of MN Dir. Kal Touré Mali 2007 Bambara 58 min Documentary Kal Touré’s documentary contains profound interviews with migrants from various African countries and walks of life about their motivation and their painful experiences, as well as amazing footage of African migrants with home-made ladders trying to enter the European Union at night by scaling the 30-foot razor wire fences around two Spanish enclaves along the Moroccan coast. But it also goes back home to Mali to investigate the neocolonial economic injustices that produce the immigrant flow, and to follow Malian writer and ex-minister of culture Aminata Traoré as she sets up an organization to help heal migrants who have failed and been sent back home. If you’ve had trouble understanding why people would crowd onto dangerous small boats like the one that recently sank near the island of Lampedusa, some of the answers are in this film. WED

11/20

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Welcome to Nollywood Dir. Jamie Meltzer Nigeria, USA 2007 English 58 min Documentary As Europe and Asia continue to grapple with the influence of American movies, the Nigerian film industry has been undergoing an unprecedented boom. “Nollywood”, as it’s known, is the second largest film industry in the world. The sheer volume of production is staggering, with estimates of 3-6 films being produced for each day of the year. Following three of the country’s hottest directors as they shoot their films, Welcome to Nollywood explores this burgeoning industry, from its unique challenges to its diverse array of films that both mirror and comment upon the social issues of the continent. “Nollywood”, as it’s known, is the second largest film industry in the world. The sheer volume of production is staggering, with estimates of 3-6 films being produced for each day of the year. TUE

11/19

6:30PM

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William and the Windmill Director Ben Nabors Attending Minnesota Premiere Dir. Ben Nabors Malawi, USA, South Africa 2013 English 88 min Documentary Fourteen-year-old Malawian William Kamkwamba, writer of the best-selling autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, teaches himself to build a power-generating windmill from junk parts, successfully rescuing his family from poverty and famine. He becomes an energy icon for the developing world and meets American entrepreneur and mentor Tom Rielly, who helps him imagine a new future. Fame, opportunity, stress, and isolation follow his invention, and his life is transformed. As William struggles with the potential of his promising future, he privately yearns to distance himself from the windmill that made him famous. This is a story about a complex young man straddling two cultures, carrying the burdens of his past achievements while boldly pursuing a bright future. WED

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11/20

7:00PM

ST. ANTHONY MAIN


By Title

Index

A Lion’s Trail.........................................................11 African Cypher, The...........................................11 After the Battle....................................................12 Alaskaland............................................................12 Aya of Yop City....................................................13 Battle of Tabatô, The.........................................13 Black Girl...............................................................14 Broken Dreams...................................................14 Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon......15 Destiny...................................................................15 Die Welt.................................................................16 El Gusto..................................................................16 Finding Hillywood.............................................17 Grigris.....................................................................17 Guelwaar...............................................................18 Hey Cousin!..........................................................18 Kinyarwanda.......................................................19 Mama Africa........................................................19 Mother of George..............................................10 Remembering Nokutela.................................20 Something Necessary......................................20 Square, The..........................................................10 Themba: A Boy Called Hope..........................21 Victims of Our Riches........................................21 Welcome to Nollywood...................................22 William and the Windmill................................22 Women, War and Resettlement: Nasro’s Journey..................................................................14

By Country

Algeria Hey Cousin!..........................................................18 El Gusto..................................................................16 Chad Grigris.....................................................................17 Egypt After the Battle....................................................12 Destiny...................................................................15 Square, The...........................................................10

Ivory Coast Aya of Yop City....................................................13 Guinea-Bissau Battle of Tabatô, The.........................................13 Kenya Something Necessary......................................20 Malawi William and the Windmill................................22 Mali Victims of Our Riches........................................21 Nigeria Welcome to Nollywood...................................22 Rwanda Finding Hillywood.............................................17 Kinyarwanda.......................................................19 Senegal Black Girl...............................................................14 Guelwaar...............................................................18 South Africa A Lion’s Trail.........................................................11 African Cypher, The...........................................11 Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon......15 Mama Africa........................................................19 Remembering Nokutela.................................20 Themba: A Boy Called Hope..........................21 Tunisia Die Welt.................................................................16 USA Alaskaland............................................................12 Broken Dreams...................................................14 Mother of George..............................................10 Women, War and Resettlement: Nasro’s Journey..................................................................14

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SERIES SCHEDULE Filmmaker or Guest Attending

1:00pm

2:00pm

Friday

Nov 15

St. Anthony Main

Saturday

Nov 16

St. Themba: A Boy Anthony Called Hope, Main

104 min, p21

Monday Tuesday

Nov 19

6:00pm

7:00pm

8:00pm

9:00pm

7:00pm The Square 101 min p10

10:00pm

9:30pm Grigris 101 min p17

11:00pm

9:00pm Post-Screening Reception at Aster Cafe

5:00pm Broken Dreams w/ Nasro’s Journey, 72 min, p14

7:00pm El Gusto 93 min, p16

9:00pm The Battle of Tabato, 83 min, p13

3:00pm Something Necessary, 85 min, p20

5:00pm Mama Africa, 90 min, p19

7:00pm Remembering Nokutela, 60 min, p20

9:00pm A Lion’s Trail, 58 min, p11

Mixed Blood

5:00pm Die Welt 80 min, p16

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St. Anthony Main

5:00 The African Cypher 89 min, p11

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St. Anthony Main

Nov 20

Wednesday

p13

St. Anthony Main

Nov 18

Sunday

Nov 17

St. Aya of Yop Anthony City, 85 min, Main

4:45pm The Battle of Tabato, 83 min, p13

Mixed Blood

St. Anthony Main

Nov 21

3:15pm Die Welt 80 min, p16

5:00pm

5:00 Black Girl 60 min p14 9:00pm PreScreening Reception at Aster Cafe

Mixed Blood

1:00

Thursday

4:00pm

Aster Cafe

1:00

Mixed Blood

Aster Cafe

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3:00pm

3:00 The African Cypher 89 min, p11

4:45pm Aya of Yop City, 85 min, p13

7:00pm Finding Hillywood, 58 min, p17 6:30pm Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon, 86 min, p15

8:30pm Kinyarwanda 96 min, p19 8:45pm Destiny 135 min, p15

7:00pm After the Battle, 122 min, p12 6:30pm Welcome to Nollywood, 58 min, p22

9:30pm Grigris 101 min p17

8:00pm Alaskaland, 76 min, p12

7:00pm 9:30pm William and the Something Windmill, 88 min, Necessary, p22 85 min, p20 6:30pm 8:30pm Victims of Hey Cousin!, 100 our Riches, min, p18 58 min, p21 7:00pm Mother of George, 107 min, p10 6:30pm Guelwaar, 115 min, p18

9:45pm After the Battle, 122 min, p12 9:15pm Kinyarwanda 96 min, p19 9:00pm Closing Reception at Aster Cafe’s River Room

12:00am


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