Tigritudes 1956 – 2021


7 October


15 October


Neelsie Cinema


Tigritudes 1956-2021 draws a pan-African subjective and chronological anthology through 126 films, 40 countries and 66 years of cinema history. Conceived by directors Dyana Gaye and Valérie Osouf, in collaboration with the Forum des images, this cycle explores the issues and forms of a still largely unknown cinematography. With the purpose of including the continent in the song of the world, the Tigritudes cycle invites artists and intellectuals from different backgrounds to dialogue around films, thus crossing perspectives, visions and generations so that cinema stories resonate.

There are two separate screenings, the feature film on 7 October, and three short films on 15 October. Both of the screenings are free.

7 OCTOBER 19:00

Hyènes (Hyenas) Dir. Djibril Diop Mambety

1992 | Senegal

Colobane, a small town asleep in the dusty heat of the Sahel, the ghost of a charming town struck by poverty. Griots announce incredible news: Linguère Ramatou (Ami Diakhate), thirty years on and now an arch-billionaire, is back. No more poverty. The population waits for Linguère at the entrance to the town. Draman Drameh (Mansour Diouf), once Linguère’s passionate lover, rushes in first. “One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki (1973) is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s imagining follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, Hyenas is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by western materialism” (AC – American Cinémathèque)

110 minutes

15 OCTOBER 17:00

Three African short films from 1966

1966 | Ivory Coast / Congo / Niger

Kaka Yo by Sébastien Kamba

Congo 1965, digital/DCP, black and white, 28 min.

In Lingala with English subtitles

Two young people fall in love and wish to marry, but a sorcerer advises the fiancé to test his bride’s feelings. A vibrant love story, Kaka Yo, which in Lingala means “only you”, interweaves modern life, Brazzaville’s youth at the time, the European dances in vogue in the 1960s, and the initiatory life of the sorcerer and his spiritual and ritual power: “take care of your destiny” he says.

4K restoration by Hiventy. Film restored by the Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut français as part of the 20 films for 2020 programme.

On the Dune of Solitude (Sur La Dune De La Solitude) by Timité Bassori

Ivory Coast 1964, digital/DCP, black and white, 32 min.

In French with English subtitles

The film is based on a legend in which Mamy Watta, the goddess of water, seduces humans. It’s about two young people who meet one evening on the banks of the lagoon. The two young people get to know each other and spend the night at the water’s edge. When they wake up the next morning, the girl has disappeared. Strangely enough, later on, the young man finds the face of his one-night stand on a deathbed.

4K restoration by Hiventy. Film restored by the Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut français as part of the 20 films for 2020 programme.

The Return of an Adventurer (Le Retour D’un Aventurier) by Moustapha Alassane

Niger 1966, digital/DCP, color, 34 min.

In French and Hausa with English subtitles

Jimmy returns to his village in Niger from a trip to the United States. As a gift to his friends, he brings back full cowboy outfits from the Far West. From now on, dressed in American mythology, their names are no longer Kali, Ibrahim or Boubakar, but Black Cooper, James Kelly, Casse-Tout or Reine Christine. And, just like what they imagine to be a real band of cowboys, they are going to sack the region, provoking the anger of the villagers.

2k restoration by Eclair Classics. Film restored by the Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut français as part of the 20 films for 2020 programme.

94 minutes

In samewerking met Forum des Images.