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The Hour of Liberation: Decolonizing cinema at Film Forum

Image : "Black Girl" directed by Ousmane Sembène

"THE HOUR OF LIBERATION: Decolonizing Cinema, 1966-1981", a three-week, 40-film festival, spotlighting work from over 20 countries, exploring liberation struggles, post-colonial hangovers, and histories of oppression and resistance, will run at Film Forum from Friday, May 24 to Thursday, June 13.
 
In the late 1960s and 70s, filmmakers from the so-called “Third World” recognized cinema as both a means for decolonization, and a medium to be decolonized. Directors like Ousmane Sembène (Senegal), Med Hondo (Mauritania), Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines), Fernando Solanas (Argentina), Mustafa Abu Ali (Palestine), Sara Gómez (Cuba), Glauber Rocha (Brazil), and Sarah Maldoror (a French/Guadeloupean filmmaker working in Angola and France) captured liberation movements in progress, satirized national elites and their European aspirations, questioned religious hypocrisy, issued calls to arms against neo-colonialism, considered the limits of revolution, and excavated histories of oppression and resistance — creating a new revolutionary cinema which was wildly inventive and politically explosive.
 
The festival kicks off with two landmark films from 1966: Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers, one of the most influential political films of all time, produced by and starring Saadi Yacef, one of the leaders of the FLN (Algerian liberation movement); and Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl, widely regarded as the film that put African cinema on the map.

Here are the French and francophone productions featured in "The Hour of Liberation: Decolonizing cinema" series. 


Screenings

Black Girl
Directed by Ousmane Sembène, 1966
> Friday, May 24 - Thursday, June 13

The Battle of Algiers 
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966
> Friday, May 24 - Thursday, June 13

Xala 
Directed by Ousmane Sembène, 1972
> Saturday, May 25
  
Soleil Ô 
Directed by Med Hondo, 1970
> Thursday, May 30 - Saturday, June 1
 
West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty
Directed by Med Hondo, 1979
> Saturday, June 1
  
Sambizanga 
Directed by Sarah Maldoror, 1972
Screening alongside Maldoror’s shorts Monangambeee (1968) and Et les chiens se taisaient (1978)
> Thursday, June 6

Emitai 
Directed by Ousmane Sembène, 1971
> Friday, June 7 
 
Moi, un noir 
Directed by Jean Rouch, 1958
Screening alongside Cabascabo
Directed by Oumarou Ganda, 1968
> Saturday, June 8
 
Mandabi 
Directed by Ousmane Sembène, 1968
> Saturday, June 8

Sembène, Mambéty and Alassane shorts program
Borom Sarret, directed by Ousmane Sembène, 1963
Contras’ city, directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1969
La Retour d’un Aventurier, directed by Moustapha Alassane, 1966
Bon Voyage Sim, directed by Moustapha Alassane, 1966
> Wednesday, June 12

Find out more about "The Hour of Liberation: Decolonizing Cinema, 1966-1981" at Film Forum: https://filmforum.org/series/the-hour-of-liberation-decolonizing-cinema-1966-1981  

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