During his lifetime, political activist Guelwaar condemned foreign aid as a powerful tool of colonialism that has destroyed the Senegalese economy by creating a country of dependents and a corrupt ruling class. Following his death, the economic and social problems of modern Senegal are thrown into relief by the unusual circumstances of Guelwaar's funeral, when his body disappears from the morgue. His family discovers that Guelwaar, a Christian, was mistaken for a deceased Muslim and buried in an Islamic cemetery. The search for the body and the controversy surrounding the burial satirically reveal how incompetent government officials exploit potential sectarian tensions and impoverished conditions to dispel real political action among the Senegalese people.
Urban Cadence Film Series:
The Gund Gallery's spring film series complements the concurrent exhibition "Urban Cadence," bringing together three films by legendary Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, the first filmmaker from Africa to gain international acclaim for films that speak to and for African audiences. Guest film curator Stephen Volz, associate professor of history, shares his expertise in African film in making selections that best represent Sembène's commitment to portraying the interests of ordinary people facing the challenges of life in modern African society.
Full Screening Schedule:
Monday, Feb. 5: "Black Girl" (1966)
Monday, Feb. 19: "Guelwaar" (1992)
Monday, Feb. 26: "Moolaadé" (2004)
All films are free and open to the public.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
These screenings are also part of the Black History Month series of events, which honor Kenyon's first two African American graduates, Stanley L. Jackson '52 and Allen B. Ballard Jr. '52. The events are sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Gund Gallery. View the poster with the full schedule of events.
Monday, February 19 at 7:00pm
Community Foundation Theater in the Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022