This Thursday, February 2, Henry Art Gallery will introduce the first film of three in The Darkness Film Series. Organized by Justen Waterhouse, the series will explore and meditate on darkness in cinema from avant-garde filmmakers from around the world. The Henry has this to say about Thursday night’s film, Touki Bouki:
In Touki Bouki (1973), directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty, two young lovers long to leave Dakar, Senegal for the mythical glamour and comforts of France. Mambéty explores themes of hybridity and cultural alienation through conventions of French New-Wave cinema and his own experimental narrative strategies. Through dissonant techniques, he navigates a post-colonial reality. Where is home when colonialism is one’s inheritance? Mambéty presents the darkness and surrealism of that psychology in this critical and richly symbolic film. Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegalese, 1945–1998) was an influential Senegalese filmmaker known for his non-linear and experimental films.
Darkness Film Series: Touki Bouki
When: Thursday, February 2, 6-8:30pm
Where: Henry Art Gallery (4100 15th Ave NE)
Tickets are available online for $10