Africa's Lost Classics: Screening of 'Badou Boy' + Talk
Africa in Motion, GSA Public Lecture Series, Exhibitions

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The GSA Public Lecture


Reid Auditorium Reid Building 164 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RF


30 Oct 2017
18:00 - 20:00



Still from 'Badou Boy'
Djibril Dip Membety, 1970, Senegal

Africa's Lost Classics: Screening of 'Badou Boy' + Talk

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Africa's Lost Classics: Screening of 'Badou Boy' + Talk by David Murphy

30 October 2017, 6-8pm
Reid Auditorium
164 Renfrew Street

This screening is part of the Africa's Lost Classics programme of the Africa in Motion Film Festival and supported by The GSA Public Lecture Series

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Djibril Diop Mambéty is still regarded as one of the most important African filmmakers of all time: a visionary, an aesthete, a political animal. But as a lone dissenter, allergic to institutional obedience, his work was deliberately ‘lost’ by those in power. Rarely seen yet often talked about, the film, like its creator has been an enigma. This screening of Badou Boy (1970) will be one of the first opportunities to see the film in the UK. The plot looks at a “badou boy”, or a bad boy, who survives in the bustling city of Dakar in the late 1960s, a turbulent time. Part parody, part fable, the film borrows all the strategic and economic resources of the gangster genre in order to read the postcolonial experience.

The film screening will be followed by a talk by prof. David Murphy, an expert on Senegalese cinema and the arts, who will paint a picture of the historical, political and cultural situation within which Mambéty operated. Audience members will get an opportunity to discuss the film and ask questions. A wine reception will complement the screening and talk.

In 2017 Africa in Motion collaborates with Glasgow University on an AHRC-funded year-long project entitled Africa's Lost Classics. We aim to bring back to UK screens some of the greatest African films that have been neglected or forgotten, or that have simply been lost to the archives. This project follows on from a previous AHRC-project which brought African film classics to AiM in 2006; a special issue of the journal Screen that focused on some of the most legendary films; and the edited book collection by Dr. Lizelle Bisschoff and Prof. David Murphy on Africa's Lost Classics, published by Legenda.

Prof. David Murphy is Professor of Postcolonial Studies at University of Stirling. He has published widely on Francophone African, and particularly Senegalese, culture, as well on the relationship between Francophone and Postcolonial Studies. He is the author of two monographs on African cinema, 'Sembene: Imagining Alternatives in Film and Fiction' (James Currey, 2000) and (with Patrick Williams), 'Postcolonial African Cinema: Ten Directors' (Manchester University Press, 2007). He has published articles, co-edited several collections and continues to research and contribute to the field. 

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