This first North American retrospective of Moustapha Alassane (1942–2015), a pioneer of populist cinema in newly independent Niger in the 1960s and 1970s, is presented in association with La Cinémathèque Afrique de l’Institut français. Alassane parodied colonialist attitudes toward black Africans, the corrupt despotism of local officials, and the shallow materialism of Niger’s youth in a series of animated, fictional, and ethnographic films that remain beloved and influential even today. His earliest animated films were simple projections of cardboard cutouts, but his work quickly matured, leading to friendships and collaborations with Zalika Souley, one of Africa's preeminent actresses, and the French documentarian Jean Rouch and the Canadian animator Norman McLaren. Alassane’s films are vital and imaginative records of Nigerien traditions and rituals.

SCHEDULE

Directed by Moustapha Alassane

The Return of an Adventurer / Le Retour d'un aventurier
Accompanied by Bon Voyage Sim
> Friday, May 12, 6:45PM - screening introduced by Jamie Berthe, Associate Faculty at the Gallatin School (NYU)
> Sunday, May 14, 1:00PM
Screening details here

F.V.V.A.
Accompanied by Shaki
> Saturday, May 13, 1:30PM
> Monday, May 15, 4:00PM
Screening details here

Kokoa
> Saturday, May 13, 4:00PM
> Monday, May 15, 1:30PM
Screening details here

Toula, or the Water Genie / Toula ou le génie des eaux
Accompanied by Samba the Great / Samba le grand
> Saturday, May 13, 6:30PM - Screening introduced by Mahen Bonetti, Founder and Executive Director of the African Film Festival
> Sunday, May 14, 3:30PM
Screening details here

The Ring of King Koda / La Bague du Roi Koda
Accompanied by Aoure
> Sunday, May 14, 5:30PM
Screening details here

About Moustapha Alassane

The Cowboys Are Black / Les Cowboys sont noirs
Directed by Serge Moati
> Friday, May 12, 6:45PM
> Sunday, May 14, 1:00PM
Screening details here

Moustapha Alassane, Cineaste of the Possible
Directed by Christian Lelong & Maria Silvia Bazzoli
> Saturday, May 13, 4:00PM - Screening introduced and followed by a Q&A with co-director Christian Lelong
> Monday, May 15, 1:30PM
Screening details here


Find out the full schedule here

MoMA 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

Moustapha Alassane, Pioneer of the Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema at MoMA

When
May 12 – May 15, 2017
Where
MoMA
11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
'Bon voyage Sim' directed by Moustapha Alassane (1966)

This first North American retrospective of Moustapha Alassane (1942–2015), a pioneer of populist cinema in newly independent Niger in the 1960s and 1970s, is presented in association with La Cinémathèque Afrique de l’Institut français. Alassane parodied colonialist attitudes toward black Africans, the corrupt despotism of local officials, and the shallow materialism of Niger’s youth in a series of animated, fictional, and ethnographic films that remain beloved and influential even today. His earliest animated films were simple projections of cardboard cutouts, but his work quickly matured, leading to friendships and collaborations with Zalika Souley, one of Africa's preeminent actresses, and the French documentarian Jean Rouch and the Canadian animator Norman McLaren. Alassane’s films are vital and imaginative records of Nigerien traditions and rituals.

SCHEDULE

Directed by Moustapha Alassane

The Return of an Adventurer / Le Retour d'un aventurier
Accompanied by Bon Voyage Sim
> Friday, May 12, 6:45PM - screening introduced by Jamie Berthe, Associate Faculty at the Gallatin School (NYU)
> Sunday, May 14, 1:00PM
Screening details here

F.V.V.A.
Accompanied by Shaki
> Saturday, May 13, 1:30PM
> Monday, May 15, 4:00PM
Screening details here

Kokoa
> Saturday, May 13, 4:00PM
> Monday, May 15, 1:30PM
Screening details here

Toula, or the Water Genie / Toula ou le génie des eaux
Accompanied by Samba the Great / Samba le grand
> Saturday, May 13, 6:30PM - Screening introduced by Mahen Bonetti, Founder and Executive Director of the African Film Festival
> Sunday, May 14, 3:30PM
Screening details here

The Ring of King Koda / La Bague du Roi Koda
Accompanied by Aoure
> Sunday, May 14, 5:30PM
Screening details here

About Moustapha Alassane

The Cowboys Are Black / Les Cowboys sont noirs
Directed by Serge Moati
> Friday, May 12, 6:45PM
> Sunday, May 14, 1:00PM
Screening details here

Moustapha Alassane, Cineaste of the Possible
Directed by Christian Lelong & Maria Silvia Bazzoli
> Saturday, May 13, 4:00PM - Screening introduced and followed by a Q&A with co-director Christian Lelong
> Monday, May 15, 1:30PM
Screening details here


Find out the full schedule here

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