Archive | January, 2018

‘Francophonie’ in turbulent times

“Although the term was coined over a century ago, “Francophonie” has become associated with France’s attempt to maintain (or project) its influence in various parts of  the world – but especially in Africa, where it has often been perceived as the “soft” corollary of “Françafrique” – even though it was first resurrected by Léopold Sedar Senghor. Alain Mabanckou, the first African writer to be invited to lecture at the Collège de France, shares with most of his peers some serious misgivings about the incestuous connections between the “cultural” and “realpolitik” dimensions of France’s policies.” Edouard Bustin. Read more on the subject: On a suivi la “messe africaine” de Mabanckou au Collège de France Ce 2 mai 2016, l’auteur de “Black Bazar” organisait un colloque pour “Penser et écrire l’Afrique noire”. Avec des invités comme Pap Ndiaye, Dany Laferrière ou Achille Mbembe. Francophonie, langue française : lettre ouverte à Emmanuel Macron Le président de la République a proposé à Alain Mabanckou de contribuer aux “travaux de réflexion” qu’il souhaite “engager autour de la langue française et de la Francophonie”. L’auteur de “Verre cassé” lui répond. Alain Mabanckou refuse de participer au projet francophone d’Emmanuel Macron Le président Emmanuel Macron a proposé à Alain Mabanckou […]

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African Films on Screen in 2018

Ahead of the international release of South African thriller ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ in April 2018, the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham has an exciting new schedule of African films for the first few months of 2018. Makala (16-23 February) A French documentary film directed by Emmanuel Gras, Makala screened in the International Critics’ Week section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prize. It follows the tribulations of a 28-year old farmer named Kasongo who earns a living through the back-breaking work of making charcoal. He dreams of being able to build a house for his wife, Lydie. A strikingly cinematic depiction of life in rural Congo. Makala will also be shown on 31 January at Curzon Oxford and 1 February at Curzon Bloomsbury, with both screenings followed by a Q&A with the director. Woubi Cheri (10 March) In Ivory Coast, a statuesque young man named Barbara organises the Transvestite Association’s annual year end party. This insightful, funny, often ribald documentary introduces us to the Abdijan, Ivory Coast’s vibrant gay and transgender community. Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African Revolution (16 March) At a time of strife and civil war in the Kingdom […]

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