Screening and discussion with director Manthia Diawara and respondents including:
Co-founder and community organizer at Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR)
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII
Screening begins at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:45 pm)
Space is limited. Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)
ABOUT THE FILM
An Opera of the World
Director, Manthia Diawara, 2017
(Documentary/70 minutes/Portugal, USA, Mali )
What happens when artistic cultures migrate and meet?
How do migrants navigate between tradition and assimilation?
The centerpiece of Manthia Diawara's An Opera of the World is a staging of Wasis Diop’s Bintu Were, A Sahel Opera, filmed on location in Bamako, Mail in 2007– a pioneering work telling the story of migration from West Africa to Europe by combining traditional Malian music with the structure of the Western operatic art form. The film interlaces performances from the Bintou Were Opera, past and present archival footage of migrations, classic European arias, and interviews with European and African intellectuals, artists and social activists.
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