‘Intimacy in Africa’ Film Series In Chicago Starting In April
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‘Intimacy in Africa’ Film Series In Chicago Starting In April


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:


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.

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