Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor

Director: Manthia Diawara
Countries: USA/France/Germany/Portugal
Year: 2015
Running Time: 59min.
Language: English and French with English subtitles

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This imagined dialogue between Lepold Sedar Senghor, one of the founding fathers of Negritude, and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka probes the relevance of Negritude, from the decolonization and independence movements to the contemporary artistic and political scenes of nationalism, religious intolerance, multiculturalism, the exodus of Africans and other populations from the South, and xenophobic immigration policies in the West.

About the Director

Manthia Diawara

Biography: Manthia Diawara has been published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora. He is the author of Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), and In Search of Africa (1998). Manthia Diawara has collaborated with celebrated author Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994), and directed the German-produced documentary Rouch In Reverse (1995). Diawara’s filmography also includes Bamako Sigi-Kan (2003), an intimate look at his hometown. Dr. Diawara is also Director of NYU’s Institute of Afro-American Affairs and Director of the Africana Studies Program. A native of Mali, he received his education in France and later traveled to the United States for his university studies. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Rouch in Reverse (1998);
In Search of Africa (1997);
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor (2016).

Filmography:
Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994);
Rouch in Reverse (1995);
In Search of Africa (1997);
Diaspora Conversations: from Gorée to Dogon (2000);
Bamako Sigi-Kan (2003);
Conakry Kas (2003);
Who’s Afraid of Ngugi? (2006);
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor (2015).