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African Film 'Adanggaman'
To be Shown at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Feb. 14, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The International Film Society at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Adanggaman" (Ivory Coast 2000), a film that takes an unblinking look at an underacknowledged underside of African history - the active role of black Africans in the European slave trade - Feb. 21-24.
The film, set in West Africa in the late 17th century, will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
Writer-director Roger Gnoan M'Bala blends fact, myth and personal drama in "Adanggaman," centering its story on Ossei (Ziable Honore Goore Bi), a strong-willed young man who finds his village has been pillaged by slave traders. Ossei sets out after the raiding party and is led to the stronghold of the traitorous King Adanggaman (Rasmane Ouedraogo), a despot who thrives on the slave trade, using fierce female warriors to enforce his power.
"[Ossei's] mission is the beginning of his maturation from brat to motivated adult, woven into one of the many gripping plot turns the movie takes," wrote The New York Times. "The storytelling is so simple that its directness feels fresh and rousing. The scenes of Africans marching in chains and stocks, monitored by other Africans, are a shock and linger in your mind for days afterward."
In Bambara and Baule, subtitled in English, the 90-minute film is not rated.
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 14, 2002