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Moustapha Alassane: Program 2


The Return of an Adventurer, image courtesy of the French Embassy, New York.
Toula, or the Water Genie, image courtesy of the French Embassy, New York.
Toula, or the Water Genie, image courtesy of the French Embassy, New York.
Moustapha Alassane: Program 2
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 7 PM

The Wexner Center is proud to participate in the first-ever touring retrospective of pioneering Nigerien filmmaker Moustapha Alassane. Alassane’s career spanned four decades, and his work reflects the political climate of his time, often critiquing both European colonialism and local corruption. This series is but a sample of his diverse output, which ranged from animation and narrative films to ethnographic works and reflected the influence of such filmmakers as Jean Rouch and Norman McLaren.

Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York with support from the Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut Français, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Return of an Adventurer
(La retour d’un aventurier, 1966)

Among Alassane’s most acclaimed films, this homage to the American Western follows a gang of bandits that wreaks havoc on a small village. (34 mins., 16mm)

The Cowboys Are Black
(Les cowboys sont noirs, Serge Moati, 1966)

An engaging behind-the-scenes look at The Return of an Adventurer that contrasts the weekday jobs of the “actors” with their weekend roles as cowboys in Alassane’s film. (15 mins., 16mm)


Alassane considers the mingling of traditions during the coronation of the new Shaki king of the Oyo State of western Nigeria. (25 mins., 16mm)

Toula, or the Water Genie
(Toula ou le genie des eaux, 1973)

Based on a story by Boubou Hama, Toula follows a water diviner who promises to end a drought, but only after the sacrifice of a young girl to the gods. (76 mins., 16mm)

Program: 2 hours, 30 mins.


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