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MANTHIA DIAWARA - "Négritude: A Dialogue between Senghor and Wole Soyinka"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 4:45pm

Africana Studies and Research Center, Multipurpose Room

Filmmaker, Africana Studies and Comparative Literature, New York University

4:45 p.m. Film Screening
5:45 p.m. Panel Discussion  

Salah M. Hassan (Moderator)
Africana Studies and Research Center and History of Art, Cornell University

Natalie Melas
Comparative Literature, Cornell University

Olúfémi Táíwò
Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

Based on archive material, Manthia Diawara organizes an imagined dialogue between Léopold Senghor, one of the founders of the concept of Negritude, and Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. According to Diawara, “the film probes the current relevance of the concept of Negritude, against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but also to an understanding of the contemporary artistic and political scenes of nationalism, religious intolerance, multiculturalism, the exodus of Africans and other populations from the South, and xenophobic migration policies in the West.”

Manthia Diawara lives and works in New York, where he is Director of the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University. As a filmmaker, he has directed Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2009), Maison Tropicale (2008), Whoʼs Afraid of Ngugi? (2006), Bamako Sigi-kan (2002), Conakry Kas (2003), Diaspora Conversations: from Gorée to Dogon (2000), In Search of Africa (1997), Rouch in Reverse (1995) and, together with Ngugi wa Thiongʼo, Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994), among others. His publications include African Cinema: New Aesthetic Forms and Policies (with Lydie Diakhate, 2011), We Will not Budge: An African Exile in the World (2003), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), and In Search of Africa (1998), in addition to many essays produced about film and literature of the African diaspora.

Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies and Research Center and History of Art and Visual Studies

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