Popular with Emmy; Italian Dub Strike
Compiled by Floyd Webb and Mark Rabinowitz
>> African Filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety Dies
Djibril Diop Mambety of Dakar, Senegal and one of Africa’s most
important filmmakers died in Paris last Thursday. He is best know for
two films; ” Hyenes (Ramatou)“, 1993 and “Touki Bouki“. A memorial
Internet site has been established at itutu.com/djibril.
The site presently includes a 1993 interview with Mambety, a
filmography and remembrences from friends and associates.
>> PBS and P.O.V. Garner Signicant Emmy Acclaim
The PBS series, P.O.V. picked up four nominations for News and
Documentary Emmy awards last week, with the network picking
up 27 nods overall. David Van Taylor and R.J. Cutler’s look at the
1994 Virginia Senatorial race between incumbent Charles Robb
and challenger Oliver North, “A Perfect Candidate” was nominated
for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and Laura Simon’s “Fear
and Learning at Hoover Elementary,” a look at how denying public
services to illegal immigrants and their children affect the
students, teachers, parents and neighborhood was nominated for
Outstanding Background Analysis of a Single Current Story (Program).
Simon’s film also won the Freedom of Expression Award at the
1997 Sundance Film Festival. Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio’s
1997 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, “Girls Like Us,”
a study of four years in the lives of teenage girls in South Philadelphia,
was nominated for Outstanding Informational or Cultural Program
and Alan Berliner’s “Nobody’s Business,” a personal look inside
family life with the filmmaker’s reluctant father, was nominated
for Outstanding Interview/Interviewers.
>> Dubbers in Italy on Strike
Italian movie dubbers walked off the job earlier this month, according
to The Associated Press, leaving many films stuck in their original
language. Movies released in Italy are always dubbed, as Italian
movie-goers do not go in for subtitles, and have even developed a
fondness for some of the voices used to dub certain actors, the
wire service reported. Among the films being held up by the strike
are “Saving Private Ryan,” “A Perfect Murder” and “Lethal Weapon 4,”
which is only partly dubbed. The Venice Film Festival, however,
will not be affected, as it screens films in their original language.
Chief of Warner Brothers in Italy, Paolo Ferrari told AP that he was
“not very optimistic” about a possible resolution to the strike.