Detroit Film Theatre


XALA

Saturday, July 17, 2010

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Senegal/1974—directed by Ousmane Sembène)
 
Sembène’s devastatingly brilliant satire is the story of a modern, self-satisfied, semi-Westernized black businessman who is suddenly struck down by the xala, a curse that renders its victim impotent. Desperately chasing after a cure from soothsayers and witch doctors, his condition becomes a cautionary fable about the impotence of young African nations that may have become over-dependent on European technologies and bureaucratic structures. Targeting the controversial issue of the very meaning of African independence, Sembène has fashioned a daring, deeply insightful masterwork. In French with English subtitles. (123 min.)
 
The Sembène works being shown this season are presented in conjunction with the DIA's exhibition Through African Eyes, which continues through August 8. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the Friends of African and African American Art, the DTE Energy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.
 
Free with museum admission.