STRANGE TRUTH: Screening & Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno

The Hurford Humanities Center and Distinguished Visitors Fund present a series of screenings and conversations with world-renowned documentary filmmakers organized by Haverford's visiting filmmaker Vicky Funari.

April 1, 7:30 p.m. Sharpless Auditorium

Jean-Marie Teno, one of Africa's preeminent documentary filmmakers, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. In the U.S., many of his films including Africa, je te plumerai; A Trip to the Country; Clando; Chief!; Alex's Wedding; and The Colonial Misunderstanding, have been broadcast and featured at festivals across the country.

Teno has been a guest of the Flaherty Seminar, an artist in residence at the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California, Berkeley, and has lectured at numerous universities. Most recently, he was a visiting artist at Amherst College as a 2007-08 Copeland Fellow.


In "Lieux Saints / Sacred Places," Jean-Marie Teno uses the stories of two men in Ouagadougou--Jules Cesar, a drum-maker, and Bouba, a struggling video club proprietor--to examine the larger issues of contemporary African film production and distribution. Echoing Sembene, he asks, "Does today's African cinema serve as the conscience of the people?"

Supported by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center's grant from the Leaves of Grass Foundation.