of African Studies at University
of Chicago will begin next month the “Intimacy
in Africa” film series open to
everyone, set to start on April 1st
through early June.
Curated and organized by Comparative Human Development graduate
student Erin Moore, the series was
created to feature and explore films that deal with “domesticity, intimacy,
sexuality, subjectivity and affect in Africa.”
All screenings will be followed by a short discussion.
For more information, go HERE.
All screenings will start at 5:30PM (with the exception
of God Loves Uganda – see below).
The current lineup will include:
April. Black Girl (1966) – Ousmane Sembène (Senegal). Sembène’s first film starring Mbissine
Thérèse Diop centers on a young Senegalese woman who moves from Senegal to
France to work for a wealthy French family.
April. The Wind (1982) – Souleymane Cissé (Mali). Pictured above Two Malian
teenagers from two very different families meet and fall in love in secondary
school: her family is depicted as modern and militaristic, while his family is
depicted as “tribal.”
April. The Silences of the Palace (1994) – Moufida Tlatli (Tunisia). The
recipient of multiple international film festival awards and significant as the
first full-length movie directed by a woman in the Arab world, the film documents
a young woman confronting the memories of her mother’s forced sexual and
domestic labor. IMDB page.
May. God Loves Uganda (2013) – Roger Ross Williams (United States/Uganda). **SPECIAL TIME AND PLACE: 4:30 at Max
Palevsky theater in Ida Noyes Hall. Screening to be followed by a discussion
and reception with the filmmaker Roger Ross Williams** A documentary about the rise of Evangelical
homophobia in Uganda, the film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders
as they “battle for the soul” of Africa. More information here.
May. An Uncommon Woman (2009) – Dao Abdoulaye (Burkina Faso). A comedy about a
woman who takes two husbands, the film focuses on Mina’s two husbands and their
ensuing jealousy, infidelity, romance, and revenge.
June. Virgin Margarida (2012) – Licinio Azevedo (Mozambique). Based on the
stories of real women who endured the Mozambican “re-education
camps,” the film depicts the harsh realities of life in the camps for
female sex workers.