CAMERAS D'AFRIQUE: Et La Neige n'Etait Plus/ Au Nom Du Christ
Monday, October 14, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
A MONDAY NIGHTS SERIES SPECIAL PRESENTATION
In Partnership with Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and Film Independent:
7:30 PM – Et la Neige n’Etait Plus (And the Snow Was No Longer)
Ababacar Samb-Makharam (Senegal, 1965)
Director Ababacar Samb-Makharam’s short on the tensions confronting Senegalese with feet in both worlds–the European and the African–is both compelling and quaint. The narration is a series of questions for a prodigal who’s “back in your homeland (which you) yearned for in the cold and snow of Europe’s cities,” while our protagonist is sleek in a tailored suit; he’s returned to Dakar in which family and friends are resplendent wrapped in the fabrics and garb of Senegal. Beautifully shot in black and white, this film is not only a document of a Dakar that barely exists anymore, it’s one of the few films about African society of the sixties. Samb-Makharam’s leftists judgment is leavened slightly by the even-handed narration, and the deft shift from European strings to African instruments on the score is far more subtle than calling his protagonist “playboy” and referring to the “costly pleasures” of aping white behavior. It’s probably fitting that the film is in black and white, though it didn’t occur to the director how insidious European influence is. The narration is in French. - Elvis Mitchell
• Written by Samb-Makharam, Jacques January (22 min)
Au Nom du Christ (In the Name of Christ)
Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Côte d’Ivoire, 1993)
Director Roger Gnoan M’Bala’s 1993 agile and dense social satire defines its target–the role that organized faith plays for many–with a single and devastatingly simple line of dialogue that slams into the heart of the bull’s eye: “I want a religion that makes the insane rational.” Au Nom du Christ questions all kinds of authority in the story of Magliore, the pig farmer turned miracle man. Magliore’s claims that he is a cousin of Christ aren’t the obvious ravings of a madman–it brings to mind Peter O’Toole’s complete immersion into such a state in The Ruling Class; this depiction makes M’Bala’s ruthless derision of the tradition of following a charismatic–for all religions–all the more memorable and scabrous. – Elvis Mitchell
• Written by M’Bala, Jean-Marie Adiaffi, Bertin Akaffou. With Albert Ayatollah, Akissi Delta, Pierre Gondo (85 min)
This screening is free of charge and open to the public on a first come-first served basis. Please bring a valid ID, no paper tickets are required for entry, but RSVP is required through this website.
Doors will open at 7PM.
All SFTV screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.