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Smithsonian’s 2012 African Art Film Festival Features Talks by
Howard University Professors

 Free Film Screenings on Thursdays in February at E Street Cinema
 
Scene from The Nine Muses, directed by John Akomfrah  

WASHINGTON (February 6, 2012)  – This month, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is hosting its annual African Art House Film Festival, featuring free film screenings at the E Street Cinema, located at 555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC, at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday in February. Professors Françoise Pfaff and Mbye Cham of Howard University will present as guest lecturers after the screenings on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. The festival is presented with community support from the Radio, Television and Film Department at Howard University.

Pfaff, a French language professor and film scholar, will discuss Touki Bouki on Feb. 9.  The 1973 road movie from Senegal, directed by Djibril Diop Mambety, follows two young Dakar lovers who long for Paris and concoct various schemes to pay for the voyage. Pfaff has completed many projects about African film including a recent book on cinema, Focus on African Films.

Cham, chair of the Department of African Studies, will discuss Aristotle’s Plot, a satire by Jean-Pierre Bekolo, on Feb. 16. Cham has served as a jury member for prestigious cinema review panels including the Paul Robeson Film Awards, Prized Pieces Film and Video Competition, and the Annual ROSEBUD Awards and Competition.

Also, on Feb. 23, John Akomfrah, a filmmaker from London, will discuss his latest work, The Nine Muses. Mixing original scenes with archived material, the documentary considers mass migration to post war Britain from 1949 to 1970 as a parallel to Homer's The Odyssey, a major epic Greek poem. Akomfrah’s other works also express more issues on black British identity.

Film Screenings Schedule for the festival:

Man on Ground, directed by Akin Omotoso – Feb. 2
Touki Bouki, directed by Djibril Diop Mambety – Feb. 9
Aristotle's Plot, directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo – Feb. 16                       
The Nine Muses, directed byJohn Akomfrah – Feb. 23

Tickets are free and available at the E Street Cinema box office on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of screening.  There is a limit of four tickets per person, per film. For more information about the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art or the film festival, visit http://africa.si.edu/

About Howard
Howard University is a private research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.


ABOUT HOWARD

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.


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