An Opera of the World – Films at the Schomburg


An Opera of the World, Manthia Diawara, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali

Filmmaker and renowned Malian scholar Manthia Diawara simultaneously reflects 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. A talk back will follow with Amy Sall and Manthia Diawara discussing stories of migration and crisis in Syria and Mali today. (2017, 70 min., Portugal, USA, Mali) Presented in partnership with the African Film Festival Inc., in collaboration with the Flaherty NYC series Out From Under

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Director Bio:
Manthia Diawara was born in Mali, West Africa. He is a distinguished professor of Comparative Literature and Film at New York University. Diawara was educated in Guinea-Conakry, Bamako (Mali), and Paris (France), before migrating to the United States to pursue his studies. Diawara is a prolific writer and filmmaker. His essays on art, cinema, and politics have appeared in The New Times Magazine, LA Times, Libération, Mediapart, and Artforum. He is the author of two acclaimed memoirs: In Search of Africa (Harvard University Press, 2000) and We Won’t Budge: An African in the World (Basic Books, 2008). He has published several books on African and African American cinema. Diawara’s notable films include: An Opera of the World (2017), Negritude: A Dialogue Between Soyinka and Senghor (2016), Édouard Glissant, One World in Relation(2010), Maison Tropicale (2008), and Rouch In Reverse (1995).