“THE FUTURE OF MUD: A TALE OF HOUSES AND LIVES IN DJENNE”
Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Presented in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and in anticipation of the 2013 Dumbarton Oaks symposium “Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa,” May 10-11, and in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
THE FUTURE OF MUD: A TALE OF HOUSES AND LIVES IN DJENNE (USA, 2007, 58 min.) Through the story of a mason in Djenné, Komusa Tenapo, and his family, this documentary examines an African tradition of mud architecture in Mali. The environmental genius of these ancient construction techniques, such as walls with tiny windows that keep the interiors cool despite the stifling heat, is expressed in strikingly beautiful designs that have won th e town of Djenné designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Introduced by John Beardsley, Director, of Garden and Landscape Studies. Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Susan Vogel.