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Moustapha Alassane: Program 2

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The Wexner Center is proud to participate in the first-ever touring retrospective of pioneering Nigerian 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 French Embassy, New York, 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)

Shaki
(1973)

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.

a gang of bandits standing in a desert

The Return of an Adventurer, image courtesy of the French Embassy, New York.

a woman in need consults with a water diviner

Toula, or the Water Genie, image courtesy of the French Embassy, New York.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO

Rohauer Collection Foundation

 

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

National Endowment for the Arts 

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Moustapha Alassane: Program 2