Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

Students Attend Film Screening

In Faculty, Students on February 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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By Lara Dotson-Renta, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Quinnipiac University undergraduates currently taking a French 399 course on Haitian literature and transnational black identity recently attended a foreign film screening in New York. Prof. Lara Dotson-Renta accompanied students Kathryn Joerg, Madeline Hardy, and Teresa Pellicano to a screening of Aujourd’hui (Today) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on February 17, 2013. The BAM is a multi-arts center dedicated to fostering dialogue and appreciation between fields and art forms. The film, in French and Wolof, explored a man’s last day of life following his return to his native Senegal. The viewing was followed by a Q&A with director Alain Gomis and actors Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, and was moderated by the ActNow Foundation. Students participated in dialogues of subjectivity, methodology, and philosophy underlying independent filmmaking. Afterward, student Kathryn Joerg commented that the screening “provided us with the unique opportunity to hear the Director’s artistic vision. While the underlying story may have been about death, it was a beautiful, moving film about life and embracing the little moments that matter.”

Student Madeline Hardy added that, “I really enjoyed listening to the director and actors about their impressions and intentions for the movie during the discussion, because I feel it broadened my horizons in terms of interpreting and understanding foreign film. I also enjoyed the opportunity to be exposed to French-African culture in an artistic and thought-provoking way.”

The students were also able to meet Alain Kasanda (Apkass), a Franco-Congolese musician, spoken word artist, and founder of the Association O’rigines and the Ghett’Out film festival, which is dedicated to presenting “independent artistic and original filmmakers working on the fringes of the French production-distribution system.” (http://www.ghettoutfilms.com)

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