Para los amantes del cine y la cultura africana…
“Borom Sarret”, Sembène Ousmane (1963)
Este jueves 5 de abril a las 19:00 en el mítico Jerome L. Green Space del WNYC en Nueva York: presentación del African Film Festival con la actuación de DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) componiendo una nueva banda sonora para el mítico cortometraje “Borom Sarret” (1963) de Sembène Ousmane y una mesa redonda sobre Música en Cine Africano muy interesante: Yemane Demissie, Raquel Cepeda y Beatriz Leal charlarán sobre las relaciones entre la música y el cine africano, sus retos y oportunidades.
A continuación la información en inglés del evento:
African Film Festival, Inc. & WNYC present:
AFRICANS IN THE DIASPORA: EXPATRIATES AND HOMECOMING
THURSDAY, MARCH 5th
(pre-event reception @6:00pm)
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
(corner of Varick Street)
(Borom Sarret – Dir. Ousmane Sembene)
The 19th New York African Film Festival kicks off with a special preview of the two-month program at WNYC’s The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
Join us to create an anthem to African cinema, through the celebration of image and sound. As the lights go down, experimental musician and Sound Unbound author, Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), will set the tone for the evening, performing a live re-scoring of Ousmane Sembène’s classic film, Borom Sarret. Following his performance, other guests who will lend their voices and insights to the evening include: NYU’s Kanbar Institute of Film & Television Assistant Professor and filmmaker, Yemane Demissie; African cinema critic, Beatriz Leal; and new-media journalist, editor, and documentary filmmaker, Raquel Cepeda.
This event is moderated by WNYC’s The Takeaway Senior Editor and Special Correspondent, Femi Oke. Introduction by Organisation de la Francophonie Ambassador Filippe Savadogo (former director of FESPACO).
Ousmane Sembene, Senegal,1964, 19 min.
The genesis of Black African Cinema can be traced to this short, stark masterpiece that chronicles a day in the life of a Dakar cart-driver. The frustrating day of this Borom Sarret (a Wolof expression for cart-driver) leaves him cheated out of his wages and deprived of his cart. In this strikingly evocative film filled with urban detail, Sembene conveys the toll of natural loss, and the residue of European colonization in Africa.
*Panel discussion with guest panelists will follow the special screening/live performance presentation.
Beatriz Leal Riesco
Beatriz Leal Riesco is an Historian of Art at the University of Salamanca, where she has worked as a researcher and adjunct professor. While preparing to read her thesis, “The Concept of Authorship in the History of Cinema,” she is currently a freelance researcher in the United States. She has published numerous articles on cinema theory and history in such journals as Secuencias, Revista de Historia de Cine, Film-Historia, African Screens, and Art-es as well as editing books and organizing seminars and courses on peripheric cinemas. A member of SOCINE, ASA, and CILEC, she has been awarded a fellowship from the Università Normale di Pisa as well as a best in class from the University of Salamanca for her thesis on Italian filmmaker Mario Martone. At present, her research focuses on the role of music in contemporary African cinema and on the sociopolitical implications of art reception. She blogs for Africa is a Country, Okayafrica and other online magazines.
Independent writer, producer, and director, Yemane Demissie teaches film, television and documentary production, writing and cinema studies at NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. He has received numerous national and international grants and fellowships for his work including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Locarno Film Festival Production Grant, the AFI Filmmaker’s Grant, the Fonds Sud Writing Grant, and the California Arts Council Artists Fellowship.
Yemane recently completed two films: Dead Weight, a narrative feature that he directed, edited, and produced and Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie, a one-hour documentary that he produced and directed for a seven-part series titled Great Africans. His first narrative feature, Tumult screened at over forty international film festivals including London, Hamptons, Rotterdam, AFI, FESPACO, Seattle, Midnight Sun, Milan, and Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festivals and was released theatrically in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Tumult was a Best Picture nominee at M-NET’s All Africa Film Awards and a First Place winner at NBPC’s (PBS) Prized Pieces Film & Video Competition.
Raquel Cepeda is an award-winning new-media journalist, editor, and documentary filmmaker. A cultural activist, her work focuses on issues affecting communities of color around the world. Her forthcoming book, i, Latina? My Year Trippin’ Through My Ancestral DNA, Running the Fuku Down, and Making Peace with Dad Along the Way, a chronicle of Cepeda’s year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry while looking at what it means to be Latina in “post-racial” America, will be published in March 2013 by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Cepeda directed and produced the NAMIC (National Association for Multi- ethnicity In Communications) Vision nominated film Bling: A Planet Rock, a feature length documentary about American hip-hop culture’s obsession with diamonds and all of its social trappings, particularly how the infatuation with “blinging” became intertwined in Sierra Leone’s decade long conflict. Cepeda co-produced the documentary with VH1/MTV Networks and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Cepeda is currently in production on Before I Deconstruct, a documentary project exploring Latino identity, including her own, through the science of DNA testing and genealogy.
Paul D. Miller aka DJ SPOOKY That Subliminal Kid is a composer, multimedia artist and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum and The Wire amongst other publications. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His work New York Is Now has been exhibited in the Africa Pavilion of the 52 Venice Biennial 2007, and the Miami/Art Basel fair of 2007. Miller’s first collection of essays, entitled Rhythm Science came out on MIT Press 2004. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press.
Miller is known for his unique live performances of creating film scores for both classic and original films. In 2004, he wowed audiences with his visual and auditory remixing of D.W. Griffiths’ Birth of a Nation, with his commissioned work Rebirth of a Nation. In 2009, his next commissioned multimedia performance piece, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, was a portrait of a rapidly transforming continent. Later that year, Miller visited the Republic of Nauru in the Micronesian South Pacific to do research and gather material for The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture, a collaboration with artist/architect Annie Kwon, first presented at Experimenta in Melbourne, Australia in February 2010.
More recently, in 2011, Miller released a graphic design project exploring the impact of climate change on Antarctica through the prism of digital media and contemporary music compositions that explored the idea of “acoustic portraits” of Antarctica titled The Book of Ice (Thames and Hudson/Mark Batty Publisher). The Book of Ice is a multi-media installation, a music composition for string quartet, and a book, and it has been included in the 2011 Gwangju Biennial, by Korean architect Seung H-Sang and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.
MODERATOR: Femi Oke
Femi Oke is an international broadcaster and a correspondent for WNYC Radio’s national syndicated news show The Takeaway. Femi became known around the world for her reporting on Africa after joining CNN International in 1999. She also hosted CNN’s award-winning African affairs program “Inside Africa”. Her work has been recognized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Communications Agency, InterAction, the Peabody Awards Committee.
As well as her national radio commitments on The Takeaway Femi is co-director of the guerilla documentary production company Fazoke films. She is British by Birth, Nigerian by parentage and a New Yorker by zip code!
Beatriz Leal Riesco