February 22, 2011
Fifty Years of African Writing : Novels, Filmmaking, Criticism – A talk by Ken Bugul (Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma)
at 4:30 pm
Senegalese Francophone author Ken Bugul (the pen name of Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma) is the author of "The Abandoned Baobab" (1982), "La folie et la mort" (2000) and "Mes hommes à moi" (2008), among other novels.
From Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart" to contemporary screenwriting, from the continent to the diaspora, the dynamism of African creators keeps pace with the global transformations of culture. This presentation is part of the UCLA African Studies Center’s Monday Africa Seminar Series, which is funded by a grant from the UCLA International Institute.
location : UCLA - 10383 Bunche Hall
For more information, visit www.international.ucla.edu/africa
SPECIAL EVENTS : CINEFAMILY, Vive L’Amour / Thursdays in February
Series co-presented by The Film And TV Office of The French Embassy In Los Angeles and Cinespia.
SPECIAL TUESDAY SCREENING :
Bardot A Go Go
(feat. ...And God Created Woman)
She was a pop icon to pop icons like Godard, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. She recorded songs with Serge Gainsbourg and starred in films by Jean-Luc Godard. Simone de Beauvoir declared her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France : “A locomotive of women’s history”.
Her influence on fashion is indescribable ; if she wore a checkered pink dress at her wedding, then checkered pink dresses would be suddenly be in vogue with every American girl who wanted to look sexy and French. Necklines, hairstyles — even the very bikini was popularized by her.
Her mere visit to a city could popularize it as a vacation spot ! The Cinefamily bows down to B.B, the greatest sex symbol of the 20th century, with an in- house mix of Scopitones, music videos of her collaborating with Gainsbourg, film excerpts and other incredible rarities that’ll pop your eyes and arouse your souls.
Then, we’ll watch a rare 35mm scope print of Roger Vadim’s original 1956. And God Created Woman, flown all the way in from France.
This proto-French New Wave classic, featuring a scandalously semi- nude Bardot as an 18-year-old orphan whose breezy laissez-faire sexuality is at odds with the attitudes of a provincial French small town in which she lives, launched Bardot to global superstardom. Zut alors ! And God Created Woman
Dir. Roger Vadim /Writers : Roger Vadim, Raoul Lévy 1956, 35mm, 95 min.
Tickets - $12/$8 for members
The Cinefamily / 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510
SPECIAL EVENTS : PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL :
PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL
The 19th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will take place February 16-23, at the Culver Plaza Theatres,
9919 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90232.
Information about PAFF can be found at www.paff.org
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the box office beginning February 16
The Manuscripts of Timbuktu
(2009/South Africa/Documentary Feature/74min)
Writer : Zola Maseko
Director : Zola Maseko
The life of powerful Black icon and one of Africa’s greatest scholars, Ahmed Baba, is dramatized in the context of his life in Timbuktu along with the thousands of remarkable manuscripts of Timbuktu, once a center of world scholorship and learning.
Screens : Sun, Feb 20@12:00pm ; Tue, Feb 22@1:45pm
Viva Riva !*
(2010/DRCongo/France/Belgium/South Africa/Narrative Feature/96min)
Writer : Djo Munga
Director : Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Viva Riva ! offers a portrait of urban Africa too rarely seen on screen. Even more surprising are its scenes of urgent sensuality, as Riva pursues Nora - or perhaps it’s the other way around.
Screens : Sun, Feb 20@8:05pm ; Tue, Feb 22@8:20pm