Sat

29/08

Cinema Arlecchino > 11:00

Monangambee / AIMÉ CÉSAIRE / Léon Damas

Sarah Maldoror

Monangambee, Aimé Césaire – Le Masque des mots and Léon G. Damas are three films, three journeys into the heart of négritude poesy and Sarah Maldoror’s cinematic universe. With Aimé Césaire – Le Masque des mots Sarah Maldoror meets the poets Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor in Miami. Sarah films their meeting of minds and attuned gestures. Césaire’s verses spin in the skytrain and when the poet Maya Angelou, deeply moved, recites his poetry under the branches of a willow tree, the film takes on its full scope. Poetry is a vibrant material and Sarah finds pleasure in working with it. In Léon G. Damas, filmed in 1994 in Guyana, the poet’s verses flow from Maroni to the Seine accompanied by the rhythm of the jazz. Throughout the film, Maldoror questions transmission – both that of négritude pioneer poets and of Guyanese history, which builds itself between the past pain of slavery and a future dominated by science. Today young people no longer know Guyanese poets, homeless people have settled in the penal colony of Cayenne and Kourou is home to the European space station. For Maldoror, poetry and education are inseparable from emancipation; they run through all of her films, starting with her first work Monangambee. I wholeheartedly thank the Cineteca di Bologna for this tribute that will, like a rocket, take Sarah’s films towards the stars.

Annouchka de Andrade

Projection
Info

Saturday 29/08/2020
11:00

Subtitle

Original version with subtitles

MONANGAMBEE

Director: Sarah Maldoror
Year: 1969
Country: Algeria
Running time: 17'
Film Version

Portuguese and Makonde version with English subtitles

Sound
Sound
Edition
2020

AIMÉ CÉSAIRE – LE MASQUE DES MOTS

Director: Sarah Maldoror
Year: 1987
Country: Algeria
Running time: 47'
Film Version

French version

Sound
Sound
Edition
2020

LÉON G. DAMAS

Director: Sarah Maldoror
Year: 1994
Country: Algeria
Running time: 26'
Film Version

French version

Sound
Sound
Edition
2020