Intimacy in Africa film series U of Chicago

The Committee of African Studies at University of Chicago will begin next month the “Intimacy in Africa” film series open to everyone, set to start on April 1st through early June.

Curated and organized by Comparative Human Development graduate student Erin Moore, the series was created to feature and explore films that deal with domesticity, intimacy, sexuality, subjectivity and affect in Africa.

All screenings will be followed by a short discussion.

For more information, go HERE.

All screenings will start at 5:30PM (with the exception of God Loves Uganda – see below).

The current lineup will include:

1 April. Black Girl (1966) – Ousmane Sembène (Senegal).  Sembène’s first film starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop centers on a young Senegalese woman who moves from Senegal to France to work for a wealthy French family.

15 April. The Wind (1982) – Souleymane Cissé (Mali). Pictured above Two Malian teenagers from two very different families meet and fall in love in secondary school: her family is depicted as modern and militaristic, while his family is depicted as “tribal.”

29 April. The Silences of the Palace (1994) – Moufida Tlatli (Tunisia). The recipient of multiple international film festival awards and significant as the first full-length movie directed by a woman in the Arab world, the film documents a young woman confronting the memories of her mother’s forced sexual and domestic labor. IMDB page.

13 May. God Loves Uganda (2013) – Roger Ross Williams (United States/Uganda).  **SPECIAL TIME AND PLACE: 4:30 at Max Palevsky theater in Ida Noyes Hall. Screening to be followed by a discussion and reception with the filmmaker Roger Ross Williams**  A documentary about the rise of Evangelical homophobia in Uganda, the film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders as they “battle for the soul” of Africa. More information here.

27 May. An Uncommon Woman (2009) – Dao Abdoulaye (Burkina Faso). A comedy about a woman who takes two husbands, the film focuses on Mina’s two husbands and their ensuing jealousy, infidelity, romance, and revenge.

3 June. Virgin Margarida (2012) – Licinio Azevedo (Mozambique). Based on the stories of real women who endured the Mozambican "re-education camps," the film depicts the harsh realities of life in the camps for female sex workers.