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'Genesis' to Screen
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: March 31, 2000|
"Genesis," a visually stunning biblical epic that contains poignant echoes of the fratricidal and ethnic clashes taking place in many parts of the world today, will screen April 6-9 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The International Film Society will present the 1999 film by Malian director Cheick Oumar Sissoko Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Sissoko compacts the Old Testament story of Jacob, Esau and Joseph with its greed, revenge, jealousy, stolen birthrights and superficial resolutions to conflicts into an allegorical meditation on simmering tribal conflicts.
"The majestically picturesque film (with cinematography by Lionel Cousin) bursts with passion and color," wrote New York Times film critic Stephen Holden. "The beautiful, arid African landscape burns so fiercely into our vision that it's impossible not to feel the extent to which the unyielding climate and vagaries of subsistence agriculture determine events and shape beliefs. Famine and drought may be familiar Old Testament themes, but Sissoko's film makes their threat palpable."
The 102-minute color film (in Bambara, subtitled in English) will screen via video projection.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 31, 2000