AN OPERA OF THE WORLD
Directed by Manthia Diawara
(2017, 70 min, DCP)
In this moving hybrid film, filmmaker and renowned scholar Manthia Diawara moves between essay and documentary, utilizing archival footage, interviews, performance, and footage of contemporary Mali–his homeland–to simultaneously reflect upon the migration of the opera form and the refugee crisis, as specifically experienced in Europe. Featuring a performance of the opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, written by Chadian poet Koulsy Lamko, which tells the story of a young mother desperately attempting to make her way to a better future for herself and her unborn, Diawara masterfully interweaves stories of migration and crisis in Syria and Mali today.
The series runs every other MONDAY, through Dec 11, 2017, 7PM, at Anthology Film Archives. For full series details visit: OUT FROM UNDER
Tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at 6:30pm at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street).