University of Pennsylvania presents
Wolf 2017 Symposium | African Film and Media
The symposium aims to create a conversation that will help us both to think across the “and” of Cinema and Media Studies within one of the areas of the field that is often delimited by geography, and to think about how the field of Cinema and Media Studies could better integrate the current work and questions being done within African film and media scholarly arena into the core pedagogical and scholarly frameworks, including introductory and methods courses.
5:30pm: Opening Reception
7pm: Screenings (all films have English subtitles where necessary)
dirs. Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara, Netherlands, 2013, 49 mins.
Crop is an absorbing account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 – one that includes no images of the popular uprising itself. Filmed entirely within the offices of Al-Ahram, the country’s largest state-run newspaper, the film is a series of carefully composed tableaux that expose the institution’s functioning and the former regime’s strict control over information. To explain what we are seeing, a photojournalist, who missed the revolution because he was in the hospital, provides voiceover narration. With their formal mastery and perceptive framing, Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara inspire us to think about the power of images.
dir. Jenna Cato Bass, Zimbabwe/South Africa, 2009, 25 mins.
1980s, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe: The Tunnel follows young Elizabeth, nicknamed "Rabbit" because of her love of making up tall stories. When she arrives at a guerrilla camp desperate for help, Elizabeth must tell her greatest story of all, a story about her village, strangers, ghosts, the day her father dug a tunnel to the city and her journey to find him.
With Filmmaker Sosena Solomon in person
The films traverses the largest open air market in Africa, documenting the daily lives, dreams, and struggles of four merchants. Each individual is one thread of an intricate network of experiences; a vibrant map of culture and customs that sit precariously on the edge of transition. The ancient market now stands in the way of strip malls and parking lots; the creeping forces of modern development. At its core, MERKATO is a social documentary exploring the narratives of these individuals who weave their worlds through the perpetual exchanges and encounters of the market place. Teaser: https://vimeo.com/27989726
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This symposium, free and open to the public, has been made possible thanks to the Dick Wolf Cinema and Media Studies Fund, and co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Penn Libraries. It has been organized by Karen Redrobe, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of History of Art and Cinema and Media Studies, with the assistance of Nicola M. Gentili.