Ousmane Sembène: Xala @ Close-Up Cinema, London [25 August]

Ousmane Sembène: Xala


18
25
August
19:30 - 22:30

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Close-Up Cinema
97 Sclater Street, E1 6HR London, United Kingdom
Xala
Ousmane Sembene
1974 | 123 min | Colour | 35mm

“Zeroing in on the myth of African independence and on the capitulation to white colonial policies by newly empowered black African leaders, this savage and funny satire deals with a self-satisfied, half-Westernized black businessman who is suddenly struck down by the xala: a curse that renders its victim impotent. While he desperately chases after witch doctors and soothsayers in search of a cure, the character’s condition becomes a mirror of the impotence of young African nations that are over-dependent on white technology and bureaucratic structures.” – Harvard Film Archive

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Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970

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