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Manthia Diawara
82 minutes
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Conakry Kas: The Conakry People

In January 2003, Director Manthia Diawara visited Guinea-Conakry to see what was left of the artists (Ballets Africains, Bembeya Jazz National) and intellectuals (D.T. Niane, Telivel Diallo) of the Guinean Cultural revolution, and how its citizens of Conakry were coping with globalization. The film casts a nostalgic look at Pan-Africanism in the 1960s, and asks what is the utopia of the Guinean youth today.

"Filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara documents his journey to find the artists and intellectuals of the Guinean cultural revolution. He explores the nostalgia of the Pan-African movement in the 1960s and its effects on youth in Guinea."
- Frame by Frame III: A Filmography of the African Diasporan Image, 1994-2004

"CONAKRY KAS explores the conflicted legacies of Sekou Toure among elder artists and intellectuals in Conakry in the early 2000s."
- The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History

"Illuminating… educators interested in contemporary African history may want to take this trip."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety

  • Documentary Film Golden Dhow, 1er Prix, Zanzibar International Film Festival 2004
  • Best TV Documentary, FESPACO 2005

  • Screenings
  • African Literature Association, 2011
  • Three Continents Film Festival

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    Manthia Diawara
    82 minutes
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