Beyond Panels: Film Screenings at the ASA Annual Meeting

 The 60th Annual Meeting will feature two film screenings and a selection of films available for on-demand viewing in video booths in the Exhibit Hall. Organized by African Studies Review Film Review Editor Kenneth Harrow, the film screenings add a dynamic aspect to the Annual Meeting by bringing films that may not be easily accessible in the United States to conference attendees. Post screening, Annual Meeting attendees are given the rare opportunity to ask questions of filmmakers and film subjects.

The Thursday, Nov. 16 night screening will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Garland Room (first floor), immediately following the Welcome Reception (second floor at the Chicago Cultural Center). The Friday, Nov. 17 night screening will be held at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile’s Chicago Ballroom D/E on the fifth floor. The On-Demand Film Library, which provides Annual Meeting attendees with access to over 100 DVDs of African films to view at leisure, will be available in the Exhibit Hall, located on the seventh floor of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. A complete listing of all films available for viewing in the On-Demand Film Library can be found in the ASA final program and in the ASA meeting app.

Film Screenings

FÉLICITÉ

Featuring a post discussion with filmmaker Alain Gomis and African Studies Review Film Review Editor Kenneth Harrow

9:00-11:00pm, Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room, Fifth Floor

Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) is a Congolese singer who desperately needs money after her 14-year-old son Samo (Gaetan Claudia) suffers a serious accident. She soon finds financial and emotional support from Tabu (Papi Mpaka), one of the regulars in the bar where she performs.

HISSEIN HABRÉ: A CHADIAN TRAGEDY

Featuring a post discussion with Dohkot Clément Abaïfouta, former prisoner and the Chairman of the Association of the Victims of the Crimes of the Hissène Habré Regime; Reed Brody, Counsel, Human Rights Watch; and Kenneth Harrow, African Studies Review Film Review Editor
7:30-9:30pm, Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Ballroom D/E

In 2013, former Chadian dictator Hissein Habré's arrest in Senegal marked the end of a long combat for the survivors of his regime. Accompanied by the Chairman of the Association of the Victims of the Hissein Habré Regime, Mahamat Saleh Haroun goes to meet those who survived this tragedy and who still bear the scars of the horror in their flesh and in their souls. Through their courage and determination, the victims accomplish an unprecedented feat in the history of Africa: that of bringing a Head of State to trial.

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