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AFF 26: Ouaga Capitale du Cinéma & Le Truc de Konaté

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Sunday, June 9th, 3:45pm

Mohamed Challouf, Tunisia, 2000, 60m
French with English subtitles

Between 1983 and 1987, Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and the home city of FESPACO, one of the most important Pan-African film festivals in the world, was the scene of an exciting cinema utopia. At the instigation of the young president Thomas Sankara, the festival became a symbol of the cultural renaissance of a whole continent. The assassination of Sankara stifled the hopes of millions of young Africans, but the dynamism of FESPACO and African cinema did not stop.

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Fanta Régina Nacro, Burkina Faso, 1998, 33m
In Dioula and French with English subtitles
Dieneba leaves the city where he just spent a few days. Her cousin Salif says goodbye to her and gives her gifts for the village family: kola nuts, fabrics and condoms. Back in town, Dieneba distributes the gifts and promises her husband that she has reserved a very special one for tonight. When the time comes, he gives the gift, a condom. Furious, Konaté refuses to change his habit, but Dieneba is not willing to give in and does not surrender. Konaté goes to his lover's house but discovers that he is impotent. Find a solution with your friends and, finally, with the sorcerer. The latter transmits the message of the geniuses: his virility will return when he finds the tree that gives that "strange fruit", the condom. Konaté goes in search of the magic tree.

This program is part of the African Film Festival.

Earlier Event: June 9
AFF 26: New Moon & White Feathers
Later Event: June 9
AFF 26: Fanon Yesterday, Today