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Chicago - Boundary Lines: 3 Films About Immigration Includes Work By Mati Diop

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 14, 2012 11:35 AM
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Mati Diop’s ATLANTIQUES
Mati Diop’s ATLANTIQUES

For our Chi-town readers... short notice, but better late than never. If you're looking for something to do this evening, maybe you can add this to your list of options... 

This program, centered around the theme of immigration, ranges from idealist post-WWII animations to a modern Senegalese campfire narrative to a wide-ranging experimental piece that attempts to deal with the whole experience of colonization and migration.

- Funded by the Marshall Plan, Philip Stapp’s BOUNDARY LINES (1945, 12 min, 16mm on video) is gracefully expressive animation “on bigotry and hate that traces the cause of these evils to the imaginary ‘boundary lines’ men draw to divide themselves: lines of fear, possession, color and greed” (New York Public Library catalog). 

- Niece of great Senegalese director Djibril Diop MambétyMati Diop’s ATLANTIQUES (2009, 15 min, video) features grainy nocturnal images, barely recognizable at times, of men gathered around a campfire considering a dangerous ocean trip to find a better life.

Luis Sánchez Ramírez’s NORTE Y SUR (2009, 60 min, video) “is a collage of mediums and forms of representation” of the family and its relation to the “migrant experience.” Within its episodic form, it contains pieces based on colonizer’s language used to divide racial groups, family drama about moving at the end of each growing season, and the hushed fears of a group of migrants being moved across the border.

Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Calles y Sueños-Chicago
1900 South Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Suggested donation: $5
Director Luis Sánchez Ramírez in person

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