One of this week’s can’t miss events is the opening night of the Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa festival at LACMA on Thursday, October 3. The month-long festival is a rare opportunity for American movie-goers to see a diversity of films of the West African region from the past 50 years, from recent cinema to groundbreaking classics. The opening night features 2 films by accomplished Chadian director, Mahamat Saleh Haroun: his 1999 debut feature film Bye Bye Africa and the US premiere of his latest film, Grigris, which won the Vulcan Award at Cannes International Film Festival this year.
The film features the charismatic performance of Souleymane Deme, who spontaneously choreographed his own dancing in the film, using his disability to his advantage, and there is a terrific music score by composer Wasis Diop, part of the famous Diop family dynasty that includes his daughter, director Mati Diop, and his brother, director Djibril Diop-Membety.
Haroun will be in attendance and in between the 2 screenings will be an opening night reception, featuring renowned kora player Karamo Susso and his band, and a private viewing of Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa currently on display at LACMA.
The cost of the opening night festivities, which include both films and the reception are just $10 for the general public! The festival runs through October 28, with ticketed screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at LACMA and free Monday screenings at LMU Film School and the full schedule of films can be found here.