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FRANCOPHONIE SERIES: Screening: Fad, Jal by Safi Faye

Monday 23rd March 2020 — 7:00pm to 9:30pm

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Alliance Française of Washington, DC has the honor to present Fad, Jal by Safi Faye as part of the 2020 DC Francophonie FestivalJean-Jacques Taty, an Associate Professor of Cinema and Francophone Studies in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Howard University will discuss the film after the screening and answer the audience's questions.  

Fad, Jal (1979) | 112 min | France, Senegal | in Serer with English subtitles

FREE ADMISSION, BUT ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. THE SCREENING WILL BE AT LECTURE HALL AT THE S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER. 

In Fad, Jal, which premiered at Cannes in 1979, the groundbreaking Senegalese-French filmmaker and ethnologist Safi Faye investigates traditions of storytelling through a beautiful portrait of her ancestral farming village. Faye recalls, “Every evening, the children scrambled up into the beautiful kapok trees after getting out of school to gather around the village elder. He would then pass on their history, which hasn’t been written down. Fad’jal speaks of this, of the foundation of the village and all the events that have since unfolded there.”

Jean-Jacques Taty

Jean-Jacques Taty is an Associate Professor of Cinema and Francophone Studies in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Howard University, where he has been since 2007. He is the supervisor of the French and Francophone Studies section. Jean-Jacques Taty completed his Ph.D. at the Sorbonne University in Paris and his undergraduate studies at the same institution, where he was an assistant professor before joining Howard University. His research interests lie in the area of postcolonial films/cinema and social change in developing countries, ranging from visual arts to literary works, film as a vehicle for narrative, representation, and theoretical concepts.

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