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Two West African Films + Eva’s Man (15*) + Recorded Introduction by Awa Konaté

Un/Seen Spectres

A woman in a pink dress stands in front of a yellow car

Travel-centred films by Black filmmakers that weave tapestries of migration, memory, and myth to explore different types of uncharted navigations of time and space.

In West African Road Movie (2018), by artists Agassi F Bangura and Ilja Karilampi, the viewer is brought along on an adventure in the style of a GoPro-travel documentary. Different blocks are merged together; a backstreet in Accra leads to a shore in Sierra Leone, with a soundtrack of Swedish pop music – and behind every corner lies a makeshift gym, a slaughtered hen, or a tailor of fake Dior suits in Guinea-Conakry.

Taxi Sister (2011) by Swedish-Burkinabé artist Theresa Traoré Dahlberg situates us within the conditions of patriarchy and possibilities that emerge in spite of gendered forms of alienated labour through Boury, a woman taxi driver in Dakar, Senegal.

LA Rebellion filmmaker Anita Addison’s Eva’s Man (1976) draws inspiration from Gayl Jones’ novel, centering on a woman who recounts a murder, verging on the borders of reality. 

Tagged with: Cinema Unseen/Spectres

Please note that Westafrican Roadmovie includes a scene featuring the killing of a chicken.


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