documenta 14: An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara
|address||:||Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1, Kassel|
|time||:||from 12:00 till 19:10|
During the 100 days of documenta 14 in Kassel, BALi-Kinos presents a daily screening programme focusing on the work of three pioneering filmmakers whose lives and art have been determined by migration. Screening programme includes Manthia Diawara's film An Opera of the World (2017), an aesthetic and reflexive story about the timeless drama of migration between North and South. The film is directed by Manthia Diawara and produced by Maumaus / Lumiar Cité with support from the Prince Claus Fund, documenta 14, and ZDF/3sat.
‘An Opera of the World’ is based on Bintou Wére, A Sahel Opera, staged in Bamako in 2007, and beckons meditations on contemporary migration by Fatou Diome, Alexander Kluge, Nicole Lapierre, Richard Sennett, and Diawara himself.
Manthia Diawara is a Malian writer, cultural theorist, director, and professor of comparative literature and cinema at New York University (NYU). He is the author of ‘In Search of Africa’ (Harvard University Press, 1998), ‘African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics’ (Prestel, 2010), and ‘We Won’t Budge: An African Exile in the World’ (Basic Books, 2003). His films include ‘Maison Tropicale’ (2008), ‘A World in Relation’ (2010) and ‘Negritude: A Dialogue between Soyinka and Senghor’. In 2006 Diawara was also part of the Prince Claus Awards Committee.
The film’s world premiere took place during the inauguration week of documenta 14, on 11 April, in the presence of director Richard Sennett, at the Greek Film Archive (Tainiothiki) in Athens.
The German premiere took place at documenta 14 on 9 June – programme included the Book presentation 'Bintou Wéré: African Opera' by Koulsy Lamko.
Both the book and film will be launched in Amsterdam later this year.
Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali, 70 min.
Screened daily until 17 September 2017 at BALi-Kinos Kassel: 12 p.m., 16:30 p.m., 18 p.m. English [German subtitles]
Photo: Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali, film still