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Africa dreaming. So be it

Joseph Gai Ramaka director, producer, screenwriter.; California Newsreel (Firm), presenter.


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  • Title:
    Africa dreaming. So be it
  • Author: Joseph Gai Ramaka director, producer, screenwriter.; California Newsreel (Firm), presenter.
  • Description: Based on a play by Wolé Soyinka, The Strong Breed, So Be It offers an emotionally searing allegory of present-day Africa's bloody internecine convulsions. Michael, an idealistic foreign doctor (Martinican star Alex Descas), has had little success bringing the promises of modernity to a dusty village of the damned in the Sahel. His lover, Sunma, a teacher and native of the place, has no illusions about the village, believing it to be "a world which will cannibalize its children" (according to a Wolof incantation) in a futile effort to compensate for human powerlessness. She simply wants to live and love - and leave before the killing starts. But Michael is transfixed; he stays and tries, ineffectively, to prevent the villagers from sacrificing a mentally disturbed mute boy he has befriended. Perhaps Michael sees in himself, even in his hope for scientific progress, a reflection of the villagers' own horror at human fate. Director Gai Ramaka has described the origins of this African Heart of Darkness: "I had to make this film to exorcize the terror of this continent, trapped inside me and driving me, so that on that day I will not be able to say, 'I did not know.'"
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Publisher: San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel
  • Format: 1 online resource (32 minutes).
  • Subjects: Medical drama; Senegal -- Social conditions -- Drama; Feature films
  • Language: French;Wolof
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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