The Department of French proudly presents the North-American premiere of Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father), the first full-length film by Senegalese director Mamadou Dia, followed by a Q&A and reception with the director. Place: Newcomb Hall Theater. Time: 5pm. The event is free and open to the public.
About the film:
Tokara wants to marry his cousin, the beautiful Nafi, bringing their fathers into conflict with one another. The youngest brother is the imam of the local mosque, the other a candidate for Mayor of the small town in the northeast of Senegal where the film takes place. Initially, their fraternal struggle seems to be all about the happiness of their children, but gradually it transpires that the children are pawns in a bitter dispute about tradition, progress and the true nature of Islam. Can their family ties help them overcome these ideological differences?
The film is in Pulaar language with English subtitles.
Co-sponsors: Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Lorna Sundberg International Center, Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR), and Department of Politics.