The Africa Institute (Sharjah, UAE), in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah, UAE) and the Royal College of Art (London, UK) are organizing a screening program focusing on three films by the acclaimed Malian-American professor and filmmaker Manthia Diawara. The screenings will conclude with a webinar featuring the filmmaker.
The program will include three of Diawara’s films; An Opera of the World (2017), Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2009) and Négritude: A Dialogue Between Senghor and Wole Soyinka (2015). The films will be made available for audiences as free livestream for three days via The Africa Institute website starting Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The webinar, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 8:00PM (GST) will host Manthia Diawara in a conversation moderated by Hoor Al-Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation and The Africa Institute, with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Art Critic and Founder of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, and Jihan El-Tahri, Writer and Filmmaker.
This program of screening is driven by the educational mission of the collaborating institutions as a contribution to the understanding, through film and art, of the recent protest movement across the globe against anti-black racism. It also explores the African and Black intellectual traditions through the contributions of specific figures to critical theory and the humanities, such as Édouard Glissant, Leopold Cedar Senghor, and Wole Soyinka as in the case of Manthia Diawara’s selected films.