Kenyon College

Urban Cadence Film Series: Faat Kiné (2001)

November 27, 2017 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Faat Kiné (Venus Seye) is a forty-year-old single mother of two in the bustling city of contemporary Dakar who enjoys the satisfaction of seeing her children earn their baccalauréat diplomas. Yet reflecting back on her journey raising two children on her own in a patriarchal society evokes memories of resistance to abuse, discrimination and despair.  This hopeful and often humorous story of Faat Kiné’s personal struggle to achieve respect and financial stability for herself and her family allegorically envisions the potential for women to change their roles in a corrupt and unequal post-independence Senegalese society.  Written and directed by legendary Senegalese filmmaker Ousman Sembène, Faat Kiné expresses the need to empower women in order to liberate 21st-century Africa from its colonial past.

Faat Kiné (2001)

Monday, November 27, 7:00 PM

Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

Uma Vangal, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film, and Pierre Dairon, Assistant Professor of French, will lead a discussion after the screening.

About the Series:

The Gund Gallery’s fall film series complements the concurrent exhibition Urban Cadence, bringing together three different portrayals of the problems and promises of rapid urbanization in contemporary Africa.  Guest curator Stephen Volz, Associate Professor of History, shares his expertise in African film and his knowledge of the impact of recent social changes in African cities in making selections that reveal human resilience and creativity amidst the structural disorder of everyday life in Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria and Dakar, Senegal.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


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