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Virtual Screening: "Xala" by Ousmane Sembene
Watch Xala, a 1975 satire by foremost Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembène. The film deals with the aftermath of Senegal’s formal independence from France through a humorous narrative about the downfall of a businessman-polygamist who assumes the role of the colonialist in French-speaking Africa.
Jan 28
18:00 - 19:00 GMT
18:00 - 19:00 EST
18:00 - 19:00 PST
18:00 - 19:00 CAT

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Exploring Post-Colonial Satire: "Xala" by Ousmane Sembene. Join us for a thought-provoking virtual film screening of "Xala", the acclaimed 1975 work of Ousmane Sembène, a leading figure in African cinema and literature. This film offers a satirical glance at the complexities of post-colonial Senegal, weaving a narrative around the life of a wealthy businessman and polygamist who embodies the role of a colonialist in French-speaking Africa. "Xala" challenges viewers to reflect on the themes of corruption, power dynamics, and cultural identity in the wake of Senegal's independence from France. The screening will be followed by a discussion that delves into the film's historical context, its impact on African cinema, and its relevance to contemporary discussions on post-colonialism and cultural identity.
  • Introduction and Context Setting
  • Screening of "Xala"
  • (Optional) Post-Screening Discussion

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