Moustapha Alassane: Pioneer of the Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema

Moustapha Alassane: Pioneer of the Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema

Courtesy MoMA Kokoa

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2017-05-12 18:45:00
6:45 p.m. May 12
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free–$12

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MOMA, Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY  10020
212-708-9480
The films of Moustapha Alassane, perhaps the most idiosyncratic director to emerge from Niger, mix genre, style, and national identity into movie magic. MoMA's retrospective sheds light on a filmmaker who, over the past five decades, integrated the stories of his culture into various forms (animation, documentary, fiction) to create a genuinely populist cinema. Humorous shorts like Bon Voyage Sim (1966) and Kokoa (1985) reimagine the political landscape of Africa through animated amphibians, while The Return of an Adventurer (1966) demonstrates the imposition of Western values on Nigerien society through the use of cowboy iconography in chronicling a gang of hooligans.
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