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Art in Africa

African Art: Through African Eyes.

When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This film, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in a Bamana village and the walled city of Djenne comment on the function of art and the role of the artist in their society. 1995. 47 min.

Face of the Gods.

Robert Farris Thompson, currator. Tour of an exhibition which explores the altar as a focus of ritual and art. Organized by The Museum for African Art, New York, the exhibition examines artistic traditions transmitted from Africa to the Western Hemisphere during the last two centuries through altars and over 120 works of sculpture, pottery, and textiles.

Recalling the Future: Art in Contemporary Africa

Filmed during the 1998 Dakar Arts Biennial (Dak'Art '98), this documentary explores how the many professional modern visual artists on the African continent take their place in the worldwide evolution of artistic expression. Interviews conducted by Chiekh Tidiane N'Diaye, Nina Ferretti; interview subjects, Okwi Enwezor, Ousmane Huchard, Iba Diadji N'diaye, Viye Diba, Youssouph Bath, N'dary Lo, Ousmane Sow, Claudie Poinsard, Lydie Etien Okpoby, Kevin Brand, Remi Sagna, Macline Hien, Rachele Crasso Babehi, Edith Taho, Tanguy. c2000. 48 min.

Seni's Children.

Seni Camara lives in the Senegalese village of Bignona. While potters in her village make only useful bowls and pots Seni shocks everyone by creating clay sculptures of bizarre magnificent creatures -- her "children." A film by Philip Haas. 1990. 55 min.

William Kentridge, Artist: The End of the Beginning.

A documentary on the work of South African artist William Kentridge, whose animated drawings largely depict the social forces of his native Johannesburg. Since the 1970s Kentridge has investigated the diseased, amnesiac consciousness of late- and post-apartheid South Africa and its history. He reflects on these issues and how traveling abroad has influenced his images. Provides insight into the artist's creative process, his charcoal drawing filmmaking techniques and includes excerpts from his films. 1994. 29 min.