Wolfsonian Museum – FIU From Aug 2nd through Aug 30th, 2007The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Seventh Annual Summer Film Series continues to explore national identity in film and this year it examines challenges posed by post-colonialism to such countries as Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, and others. The film series take place each Thursday in August at 7:00 p.m. Screenings Calendar Thursday, August 2nd, 2007. 7:00 p.m. Black Girl (La noir de…) Senegal, Ousmane Sembene, 1966, DVD, 60 min, French with English subtitles) Winner of the Jean Vigo Prize, this film examines post-colonial Senegal through the eyes of Diuoana, a Senegalese servant working for a French couple in Dakar. When her employers return to France, her journey with them exposes a mutual struggle to move beyond their colonial roles and forge a new relationship in a world quickly outgrowing imperialism. August 9th, 2007. 7:00 p.m. Heritage Africa (Ghana, Kwah Ansah, 1989, DVD, 111 min) Director Kwah Ansah presents the story of a civil servant’s rise through the British colonial system in Ghana. Through formal colonial education, Kwesi Atta Bosofemi (or Quincy Arthur Bosomfield, as he is called by the British) earns the privilege of being part of the African elite but to maintain this status, he must renounce his African heritage and adopt a more Western set of values. August 16th, 2007. 7:00 p.m. Mortu Nega (Guinea-Bissau, Flora Gomes, 1998, DVD, 85 min) After five centuries of Portuguese colonization and a decade of armed struggle, in 1973 independence was proclaimed in Guinea-Bissau. Mortu Nega, set in 1973, follows Dominga on her journey to join her husband, Sako, a liberation fighter. The film captures Cabral’s assassination, the ending of the hostilities, and the reconstruction of the economically and spiritually devastated country. August 23rd, 2007. 7:00 p.m. Blood Is Not Fresh Water (Ethiopia, Theo Eshetu, 1998, DVD, 56 min,English, Amharic, and Italian with English subtitles) Ethiopian-born director Theo Eshetu journeys to his land of origin through the story of his grandfather, Ato Tekle Tsadik Mekuria, an historian. Told in reverse chronology, the film delves into both the mythological and descriptive history of Ethiopia, creating an unexpectedly rich and complex portrait of the land’s identity. August 30th, 2007. 7:00 p.m. African Shorts. This grouping of short films examines the ways in which cinema has been used as a political and social tool to explore and deconstruct the legacies of colonization. The films also offer commentary on cinema’s role in addressing contemporary issues facing the African Diaspora. Toi, Waguih. (Egypt/France, Namir Abdel Messeeh, 2005, DVD, 28min, French & Arabic with English subtitles) You, Waguih, is the story of a relationship between a screenwriter son and his father, told through the silence of the father’s feelings about his political life. Grand Prize winner at Rencontres du Moyen Metrage de Brive Festival. Bè Kunko (Everybody’s problem) (Guinea/France, Cheick Fantamady Camara 2004, DVD, 31min, English Krio, Malinké, Susu & French with English subtitles) Depicts the spiral of violence that a group of teenagers fall into as they struggle to survive from day-to-day in a Guinean refugee camp in the capital of Conakry. My Lost Home / Ma Maison Perdue. (Morocco/France, Kamal El-Mahouti, 2001, DVD, 19min, French & Arabic with English subtitles) Kamal El-Mahouti arrived in France in 1970, when he was six years old, and lived in a housing project for the next twenty years.
Twenty-year-old violinist Kevin Zhu is a recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has amassed an outstanding record of concert performances and competition wins since he began playing violin at age three. Praised for his “awesome technical command and maturity” (The Strad) and “absolute virtuosity, almost blinding in its incredible purity” (L’ape musicale), Kevin regularly performs on the world’s largest … +
This indoor series includes the return of the 35th International Hispanic Theatre Festival, the free International Children’s Day, a jazz concert starring Negroni’s Trio & Edgar Omar, performances featuring Conecta: Miami Arts, ARCA Images, FUNDarte’s Climakaze Miami 2021 and more. MDCA and Teatro Avante present the 35th International Hispanic Theatre Festival, featuring theatrical performances by companies from Uruguay, Ecuador and Mexico. These … +
Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic … +
FilmGate Miami’s Swamp DOCS brings up a conversation series exploring current issues affecting the South East Region of the US. This event provides informative support to documentarians and digital journalists. We at FilmGate Miami are stoked to have this officially open to the public. The Swamp Docs event features a pitch session segment for projects that need assistance & guidance followed by … +
The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan’s documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. CUNNINGHAM traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence … +
No one believes Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he discovers his new next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. With his best friend and girlfriend in tow, Charlie turns to the only person who can help convince the masses that their quaint suburban neighborhood is in peril: late night horror show host Peter Vincent (Roddy MacDowall). 35 years since … +