- The Return of an Adventurer preceded by Afrique sur Seine and Samba le grand
February 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
Introduced by Aboubakar Sanogo
The pre-independence Afrique sur Seine explores the lives of Africans living in Paris, its poetic voiceover evoking the many uncertainties about identity that plagued students in a colonialist era. (Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Mamadou Sarr, 1955, subtitles, 21 minutes)
Samba le grand’s colorful stop-motion puppets relate an African folktale about a would-be conqueror who meets his match in a female potentate. (Moustapha Alassane, 1977, subtitles, 14 minutes)
A pioneer of the cinema of Niger, Alassane was known for playful satire and piercing observations on contemporary African life. In The Return of an Adventurer, a man coming back to his home village from America bears gifts of cowboy outfits for his friends. A mock-ruthless Western movie ensues, scorning contemporary values and consumerism and poking fun at the filmmaker’s own postcolonial peers. (Moustapha Alassane, 1966, subtitles, 34 minutes)
production still from Afrique sur Seine
The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.
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