WeekendEDIT: OPENING NIGHT FILM: The MAD MAN’S TRUTH Dir. + Q&A with director Bamba Diop

If you are in Cambridge tonight 26th October the longest running African film festival in the United Kingdom returns with a range of films that highlights the extraordinary talent emerging from Africa.

Opening with The Mad Man’s Truth

In the villages of Senegal, where oral traditions can constitute an integral element in development projects, the wandering poet, Thierno Seydou Sall, introduces a new system of social communication with the goal of effecting positive change in the comportments and attitudes of rural populations.Two musicians, encouraged by the power of his pertinent and provocative poetry, help him. It is this man who we follow in his wanderings, in his travels, in his interactions with rural communities.

About the filmmaker:

Bamba Diop is a Senegalese documentary filmmaker with strong social interests and engagements. He graduated from Média-Centre Dakar (Dakar Film School) in 1999 and his first documentary was a plea for the abolition of FGM in Senegal with the Rap female activist Sister Fa. Following that, the documentary film, “The Mad Man’s Truth” engaged with Senegalese social poetry as developed by Thierno Seydou Sall since the 1980s. Diop is currently working on his first feature film on African migration to Europe. He also uses photography as an art and social approach within the framework of the group project “Regard sur la ville de Rufisque”.

Winstanley Theatre (map) – Friday 26 October – 18.00. FREE EVENT

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