Moustapha Alassane, Pioneer of the Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema
Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
F.V.V.A. / Shaki
Co-presented with Lightbox Film Center
(Dir. Moustapha Alassane, Niger/Burkina Faso, 1972, 35mm, 68 min., French, Hausa w/English subtitles)
With Zalika Souley, Djingarey Maiga, Sotigui Kouyaté, Ai Keita. Ali is a modest clerical worker who becomes obsessed with the trappings of earthly success: a woman, a house, a car, and money. As his finances grow ever shakier, he seeks the guidance of a crafty marabout and turns to a life of crime.
(Dir. Moustapha Alassane, Niger, 1973, 16mm, 25 min., French, Hausa w/English subtitles)
As he observes the coronation of the Shaki king in the Oyo State of western Nigeria, Alassane reflects on the syncretic intermingling of Aborisha, Islamic, and Christian religious traditions.