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Women Visualizing Africa Film Series | Documentary: La femme invisible (The Invisible Woman) & Film: Calypso at Dirty Jim's

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12:00 AM
2435 North Quad 105 South State St.

Both films were directed by Pascale Obolo. La femme invisible is a six-minute poetic tale about how African women are invisible in the city of Paris. Calypso is the soul of Trinidad. For the past three centuries, Calypso storytellers have been the “Chantwell” of the Creole world. While improvising and resisting any kind of censorship, the calypsonians tell stories of slavery, freedom, war and everyday life through their poetry. Calypso emphasizes love, along with a high dose of humor and sex. With captivating melodies and timeless hits, their rhythms free the bodies of the audience who sing with them the joy and drama of the journey of these Caribbean nations. Calypso at Dirty Jim’s tells the story of with a gathering of this generation of artists in the heart of the Calypso City and on stage at the infamous ‘Dirty Jim’s Swizzle Club’ in Trinidad. French w/ English subtitles.
This film series highlights poetic images produced by African women filmmakers. Throughout Africa, women have emerged from the double oppression of patriarchy and colonialism. As producers, directors, actresses, scriptwriters, financiers, promoters, marketers and distributors of film, television, and video, they have become the unsung heroines of the moving image in postcolonial Africa. Unfortunately, these immense contributions by women are underrepresented, both in industry debates and in academic research. There are now many cases in which African women in front of and behind the camera lens have overcome social barriers, yet this is often overlooked. Organizers: Professor Frieda Ekotto (Afroamerican and African Studies and Comparative Literature) and Marie Stoll, PhD Candidate (Romance Languages and Literatures) Free and Open to the Public All of these films will be shown at 2435 North Quad (4-6 pm), 105 South State Street. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each film.