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Moustapha Alassane x 3 Film Series at Metrograph

A key figure in the cinema of a newly independent Niger in the 1960s and ‘70s, Moustapha Alassane was a fantasist and a fabulist—but by no means was he lost in his own fertile imagination, cut off from contemporary events. Through films that ran the gamut from animations (the first from sub-Saharan Africa) to fiction to ethnographic studies, all of them steeped in Nigerien ritual and tradition, Alassane smuggled stinging satire within deceptively charming fables, his early films winning him the admiration of and prompting creative collaborations with animator Norman McLaren, documentarian Jean Rouch, and Zalika Souley, one of Africa’s greatest actresses. A pioneer of one of Africa’s richest filmmaking traditions, for whom a playful art is the medium of a potent anti-colonialist intelligence.

This series is the tenth stop on the North American tour of the Retrospective Moustapha Alassane started in May 2017 at MoMA. 

Co-programmed by Amélie Garin-Davet. With support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Alassane Program 1
Saturday Nov 23, 5:00PM
1962 - 6 / 108min / 16mm

Le Retour d’un Aventurier was restored in 4K in 2019 by CNC, in collaboration with Institut Français and Argos Films at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory from the original 16mm negative

Alassane Program 2
Sunday Nov 24, 3:45PM
1972 - 3 / 93min / 16mm

Alassane Program 3
Sunday Nov 24, 6:00PM
1974 - 2001 / 103min / DCP

North American Premiere of new restoration of Samba le Grand, restored in 2K in 2019 by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and La Cinémathèque Afrique de l’Institut Français.

All films directed by Moustapha Alassane, unless otherwise noted. 

All films are in French, Hausa with English subtitles

More information about the series available here.