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France-Atlanta, in partnership with the BronzeLens Film Festival and Africa-Atlanta, is thrilled to bring another exciting French African Film Series to the 4th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival.Dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as an epicenter film and film production for people of color, the BronzeLens shares France’s passion for cinema and its commitment to support diversity in film.
This year’s African Film Series puts the spotlight on one of Africa’s hottest directors today, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. After dazzling the world at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his film, A Screaming Man, Haroun was the only director of the African Diaspora to present a film in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The BronzeLens will screen several of his films in order to prepare festival goers for an intimate conversation with Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, himself, on Saturday, November 9, 2013, following the screening of his 2013 film, Grisgris.
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Conversation with Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
When: Saturday, November 10
Where: Georgia Pacific Theatre (133 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303)
Photo credit: Nicolas ThéveninBorn in Chad in 1961, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun left the country during the civil war of the 1980s and relocated to France. There he worked as a journalist before studying at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris. He made his first feature film, Bye Bye Africa, in 1999. Considered today as one of the leading lights in African cinema, Haroun shoots primarily in Chad, and has produced six feature films and a number of shorts. He excels at spinning narratives that begin with easily recognizable situations – usually the loss of a parent – and expand to encompass allegorical and political reflection on the state of Chadian society. Often calm on the surface, Haroun’s filmmaking belies this calm with simmering strains of anger and melancholy. While occasionally compared to the work of Iranian directors Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, perhaps because of their deceptively quiet surfaces, Haroun’s films recognizably belong to an African tradition of filmmaking stretching from Ousmane Sembene to Abderrahmane Sissako that considers the place of cinema in a postcolonial Africa and, by extension, in a postcolonial world. —filmstudycenter.org
African Film Series Screenings
A Screaming Man (2010). Adam, a 60-something former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of civil war. Rebel forces attack the government while the authorities demand the population to contribute to the "war effort," with money or volunteers old enough to fight. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret. The film won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Click here to view the trailer.
© Pili Films, Frank VerdierGrisgris (2013). Despite a paralyzed leg that could have barred most avenues, Grigris dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his father-in-law falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers… Winner of the Vulcain Prize, 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Click here to view the trailer.
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