U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha (2005)
Directed by Mark Dornford-May
At Film Forum through April 10
Carmen, perhaps the world’s best-loved opera, with its story of love, jealousy, revenge and madness, is set in a sprawling South African shantytown, and sung in Xhosa! George Bizet’s 19th century spectacle is re-imagined in a naturalistic world of pool halls, bars, courtyards and barracks. The seductive, boisterous Carmen (who works in a cigarette factory), is sung with tremendous charisma by Pauline Malefane. When she sets her sights on a Bible-reading policeman, he doesn’t stand a chance. Rarely has an opera been made more modern, relevant or vibrant than in this stunning interpretation, featuring Dimpho Di Kopane (DDK), the internationally acclaimed South African theater company.
via filmlinc.com (Film Society of Lincoln Center):
The 14th New York African Film Festival
April 4 - 12, 2007
In 2007, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Ghana––the first sub-Saharan nation to gain independence from colonial rule––with an especially strong lineup for the 14th New York African Film Festival. With 47 features, documentaries and shorts from 20 countries ranging from Algeria to South Africa, the festival will once again serve to dismantle long held notions and prejudices about African society, expanding and challenging Americans' perceptions of tradition, modernity and the role of women. As a special feature this year, we offer a unique selection of rarely seen archival footage, ranging from colonial propaganda films to newsreels made at the very moment of independence; remarkable if at times unsettling images of Africa and Africans that remind us of the immeasurable importance of self-representation.
Filmmakers and other guest speakers will be on hand to present their
work during the festival (those shows are indicated by an asterisk in
the Program Overview).
On Monday, Apr. 9, the African Film Festival will present its annual
roundtable discussion at the Furman Gallery, a chance for audiences and
filmmakers to explore and discuss in further detail the guiding themes
of the 2007 festival, as well as the complex and multifaceted role of
cinema in postcolonial, national and pan-African liberation. The
festival continues at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Apr. 20 and 21
and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinematek, May 25 through 28.
Films for the 14th New York African Film Festival are in English except where noted. All non-English films are subtitled in English.
Program Overview and Calendar
Pictured above: The Narrow Path, Tunde Kelani, Nigeria, 2005;The Night of Truth/La Nuit de la vérité, Fanta Régina Nacro, Burkina Faso, 2004; Rostov-Luanda, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mali/France, 1997 [image sources]