Fourteenth Annual African Film Festival is This Month at WestConn

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A still from 'Ainsi Meurent Les Anges'.
A still from 'Ainsi Meurent Les Anges'.
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DANBURY – Western Connecticut State University professor of anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will host the 14th annual African Film Festival every Wednesday this February. There will be two showings each Wednesday, from 1 to 2:30pm and 6 to 7:30pm. With the exception of one screening, all movies will be shown in the Student Center Theater on the university’s Midtown campus, located at 181 White Sreet in Danbury. An open discussion of the film will follow each screening. Events are free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.

 

Dolé (Money),

shown last week as the premier film in this year’s festival, is about youths in a local labor market in Gabon who decide they deserve more from life. Their actions lead to devastating consequences.

 

Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes),

Wednesday, Feb. 13.

 

The 6pm viewing will be in White Hall’s Viewing Room 2 on the Midtown campus, also located at 181 White Street. This documentary is about 11 women’s experiences with female excision (female circumcision), arranged marriage, AIDS, reproductive health, economic freedom, and political autonomy.

 

Ainsi Meurent Les Anges (And So Angels Die),

Wednesday, Feb. 20.

 

A struggling Senegalese poet dealing with the psychological pressures of cultural hybridity returns home to assist his birth family through hard times.

 

Finzan (A Dance for the Heroes),

Wednesday, Feb. 27.

 

The film features two women’s stories of rebellion towards the levirate – an arrangement in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother’s widow, and the widow is obliged to marry her deceased husband’s brother – and excision.

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