MOUSTAPHA ALASSANE: Pioneer of The Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema

Moustapha Alassane: Pioneer of The Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema

“There’s an insatiability to Alassane’s films.” Hyperallergic

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Moustapha Alassane (Niger, 1942–2015) studied in Jean Rouch’s IRSH Institute in Niamey, became the French documentarist’s friend and collaborator, and then went to Canada where he met Norman McLaren. Jump-started by screenings at New York’s MoMA, this first North American retrospective presents an alluring selection of his trailblazing work. Alassane was a griot who used various cinematic techniques to tell fables: reviving popular myths in both live action (La Bague du RoiKoda, 1962) and a mixture of stop-motion animation and oil paintings (Samba leGrand, 1977), satirizing the foibles of post-colonial Africa (Le Retour d’un aventurier, 1966), the mores of modern political leaders (the hand-drawn animated Bon VoyageSim, 1966), producing ironical, semi-ethnographic films and perfecting radical formal innovation (Kokoa, 2001).

Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Presented in association with La Cinémathèque Afrique de l’Institut Français and organized by Amélie Garin-Davet, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Special thanks to Mathieu Fournet and Véronique Joo’Aisenberg.

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Date/TimeGM/STCA
MON 12/4
8:30 pm
$12   $9$6

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff