Wednesday, June 14
SCREENING 1: 3:45-5:15pm
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy (1h 22m, 2016)
In 2013, former Chadian dictator Hissein Habré’s arrest in Senegal marked the end of a long combat for the survivors of his regime. Accompanied by the Chairman of the Association of the Victims of the Hissein Habré Regime, Mahamat Saleh Haroun goes to meet those who survived this tragedy and who still bear the scars of the horror in their flesh and in their souls. Through their courage and determination, the victims accomplish an unprecedented feat in the history of Africa: that of bringing a Head of State to trial.
SCREENING 2: 7:30-10pm
Oko Ashewo, Taxi Driver (1h 50m, 2015)
Taxi Driver, or Oko Ashewo, is a 2015 Nigerian dark comedy thriller produced by Ayobami Macaulay and directed by Daniel Oriahi. It stars Odunlade Adekola, Femi Jacobs, Ijeoma Grace Agu and Hafeez Oyetoro. Taxi Driver is a film centred on working in Lagos at night, as a taxi driver. It narrates the story of Adigun (Femi Jacobs), a 31-year-old naive village mechanic who comes to Lagos for the first time after the sudden death of his estranged father, who was a taxi driver. Taiwo (Odunlade Adekola), his father’s fellow taxi driver helps Adigun to navigate the Lagos and get accustomed to the streets. Adigun has to cope with dealing with the odd people he comes across working at night; from Delia (Grace Ijeoma Agu), a prostitute, to Kakanfo (Hafeez Oyetoro), the unseen vigilante, and to the notorious assassins called “three wise men.”
Thursday, June 15
SCREENING 3: 3:45-5:15pm
Daniela Ricci, Creation in Exile: Five Filmmakers in Conversation (60 minutes, 2012)
Followed by 30 minutes Q&A with Daniela Ricci (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)
SCREENING 4: 7:30-10pm
Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, Casanegra (2h 11minutes, 2008)
In Casablanca, two childhood friends, Adil and Karim, live a hand-to-mouth existence while dreaming of how their lives will change. One begins to sell cigarettes and tries to put his life back on the right tracks. The other seeks a miracle to solve all his problems: he buys a visa and gets a contract to work in Malmö, Sweden, the mythical city he dreamed of ever since seeing it on a postcard.
Special event organized by the Yale PIER Summer Institute including Q&A with Nour-Eddine Lakhmari
Friday, June 16
SCREENING 5: 7:30-10pm
Jean-Marie Teno, Chosen
Jean-Marie Teno, Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Chosen explores the complicated experiences of a Ghanian-born professor of literature in the United States who returns home and finds herself drafted into being “enstooled” as a Queen Mother. Her ambivalence as well as the thoughts of her daughter give insights into their psychological responses when confronted with traditional cultural practices. The encounter between village and modern urban expectations are probed in intriguing and revealing ways. The discussion following the screening was rich as Teno shared how he became interested in the topic, and how working with the women had shifted his perspective on cultural expectations and individualism in contemporary Africa
Special event by the Film and Visual Media Caucus of the ALA including Q&A with the filmmaker.