Negritude: A Dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor

  • Negritude: A Dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2015
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 59 (in minutes)

This imagined dialogue between Leopold Sedar 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.

The film is organized within 10 chapters:
The Revendication of a Black Culture
The Kingdom of Childhood
Negritude as Universal Humanism
Negritude as Cultural Policy
The Borders of Nation States
Immigration Within Africa
Restitution: Migration to Europe
The Backlash

Director: Manthia Diawara
Camera in New York: Edgardo Parada
Assistant: Mansita Diawara
Sound: Awam Amkpa
Camera & Sound in Paris: Serge Blerald
Editing: Adam Khalil, France Langlois

Length: 59'25
Format: HD - PAL

Lydie Diakhaté
K'a Yelema Productions, Paris/France & New York/USA

With the support of:
Goethe-Institut e.V., Department for Film, Television and Radio, Munich/Germany
Maumaus - Escola de Artes Visuais, Lisbon/Portugal
Institute of African American Affairs, New York University/USA
INA - Institut national de l'audiovisuel, Paris/France
Gaumont Pathé Archives, Paris/France
Succession Picasso, Paris/France
Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development of the Netherlands

Copyrights - K'a Yelema Productions 2015


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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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