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Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
2015
Color
59 minutes
USA/France/Germany/Portugal
English/French
English subtitles
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
This imagined dialogue between Léopold Sédar Senghor, one of the founding fathers of Negritude, and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was reconstructed almost entirely from archival materials. It probes the relevance of the concept of Negritude against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s but also to an understanding of 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.
Reviews
“Highly recommended. The film offers parallel commentary tracks between Senegal's first president Léopold Sédar Senghor, who is seen in newsreel interviews from the 1950s through the 1970s, and a contemporary interview with the Nigerian Nobel Literature Prize winner Wole Soyinka. The time gap creates a startling balance between Senghor offering confident and, perhaps, too-serious exultations over the Pan-African focus of the literary movement Negritude--a black intellectual philosophy founded in France in the 1930s--and Soyinka providing a wry dissection of the movement's triumphs and failings via 20/20 hindsight.” - P. Hall, Video Librarian Magazine
Screenings
• New York African Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center
• Lumiar Cité Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
• ASALH Conference Film Festival, 2017
• Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2017
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