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'The Future Of Weird: Visions Of Excess' (Films By Jean Pierre Bekolo, Wangechi Mutu, Kibwe Tavares)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 29, 2013 at 2:04PM

An intriguing event taking this week, Wednesday, July 31, at Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211.
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Les Saignantes

An intriguing event taking this week, Wednesday, July 31, at Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211.

Included in the screening series is Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s satirical sci-fi vampire film Les Saignantes (The Bleeders), a film I saw here in NYC about 4 years ago.

In short, the film (billed as sci-fi, although it's more of a genre-busting trip) is about 2 high-class prostitutes, who also happen to be lesbians (they call themselves "Les Saignantes," or "The Bleeders" or "The Bloodettes") in the year 2025, who use their sexuality to gain access to some of the highest ranking political officials in Cameroon, supposedly with the intent to rid the country of those corrupt men who have run Cameroon for decades, creating this dystopian society as presented in the film.

It's a heavily stylized flick, so visually, there's a bit to chew on. It’s, in essence, a criticism of rampant corruption in Cameroon, and the idea that women are the gender that will save and revive the country from its ongoing *depression* – a theme (women as progressive, enlightened, as well as the higher moral and intellectual authority) that’s common in a lot of African cinema, notably films by the late Ousmane Sembene and Desire Ecare, 2 of the more internationally recognizable African filmmakers, and both male, by the way.

Unfortunately, the film is not readily available on home video in the USA; but I did find it on AfricaFilmLibrary.com which lists the film as a streaming or downloadble rental. So if you're curious, you can watch it THERE

Or, if you live in NYC, you can see it on a larger screen at the below event, this Wednesday. It's definitely worth a look!

Details follows below:

THE FUTURE WEIRD | "VISIONS OF EXCESS"

Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s genre-bending sci-fi thriller LES SAIGNANTES opens with a woman who whispers: “We are in 2025 and nothing has changed.” Then she fucks a man to death.

"Visions of Excess" is an evening of screenings which documents bodies produced by force. We study body movement which confounds the dichotomy between human and machine. But forget what you know about the sexy cyborg - we’re talking about discipline, ritual, secret societies run by women, the appet

ites of deep sea creatures, eroticized amputees, and militant bread bakers. Welcome to the black fantastic. 

Join us on Wednesday 31st July, 8pm to watch Cameroonian director Jean Pierre Bekolo's feature Les Saignantes, alongside short films/clips by Wangechi Mutu and Kibwe Tavares + archival material.

"Visions of Excess" is the first installment of a monthly series exploring contemporary film from the global south - with an African bias. Our title, "the future weird", is inspired by The State's ongoing documentation of non-western futurisms:http://www.thestate.ae/

Spectacle Theater: http://www.spectacletheater.com/upcoming/

Join us on Wednesday 31st July, 8pm to watch Cameroonian director Jean Pierre Bekolo's feature Les Saignantes, alongside short films/clips by Wangechi Mutu and Kibwe Tavares + archival material.

"Visions of Excess" is the first installment of a monthly series exploring contemporary film from the global south - with an African bias. Our title, "the future weird", is inspired by The State's ongoing documentation of non-western futurisms:http://www.thestate.ae/

Spectacle Theater: http://www.spectacletheater.com/upcoming/


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