Sembène Film Festival: Xala (The Curse)Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for a screening of Xala (The Curse) presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum.
Xala is director Ousmane Sembène’s savage and hilarious satire of the modern African bourgeoisie was heavily censored in Senegal. Forsaking the more obvious (and politically acceptable) targets of European exploitation and racism, Sembène here zeroes in on a far touchier subject: the entire black-facing of white colonial policies after independence was granted. The hero of the film is a self-satisfied, westernized Senegalese businessman who is suddenly struck down with the xala, an ancient Senegalese curse rendering him impotent. His vain search for a cure becomes a metaphor for the impossibility of Africans achieving liberation through dependence on western technology and bureaucratic structures.
Dr. Jean-Jacques Sène, who is a professor at Chatham University and directs the university’s Global Focus Program will lead a very lively discussion.
Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.
The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.