Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, August 14, 2010

4:00 PM

(Senegal/2004—directed by Ousmane Sembène)

Telling the story of one woman's resistance to the traditional practice of female genital mutilation, Sembène’s final film – quite possibly his greatest – offers a rich portrait of a modern African village torn between three religions: spirit worship, Islam, and free-market globalization. This movie has everything - scheming imams and heroic feminists, benevolent mercenaries and Paris-educated tribal chiefs, murder, song and dance. In the end, Sembène's powerful assault leaves you feeling elated, thanks to the sheer brilliance with which this master filmmaker tells his tale. In Jula and French with English subtitles. (120 min.)

“A masterpiece.” –The Boston Globe

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.