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Connecticut College hosts International Research Film Festival

On Friday, March 4, the Department of Anthropology is hosting an International Research Film Festival on "Culture and Citizenship in the African Diaspora."

This all-day event, which is free and open to the public, will include the screenings of five research documentaries directed by anthropologists. All events will be in Blaustein Humanities Center Room 210 and the festival will begin with opening remarks at 10 a.m.

"We are so excited to have the opportunity to screen and discuss these very important works," Anthropology Professor Catherine Benoît said. "These films explore a broad range of issues related to the cultures and experiences of people with African heritage." Connecticut College is the only institution in the United States participating in this traveling international film festival, which is also being held this year in Toronto, Quebec, Paris, Dakar and Rio de Janeiro.

The screenings will include "A Hidden Guarantee," "A Slave Boat within the Terreiro," "Haiti, Apocalypse Now," "The African Slave Trades: Across the Indian Ocean" and "Of Gods and Men." At 10:20 a.m., Samba Gadjigo, professor of French at Mount Holyoke College, will give the opening lecture, "Ousmane Sembene's La Noire de… A New Paradigm on World Cinema." Several international scholars and filmmakers will be in attendance to comment on their movies or on the history of cinema in the African diaspora and to speak informally with attendees during breaks. The festival will include a Middle Eastern luncheon.

No RSVP is needed for attendance at the festival, however if you plan to attend the luncheon please RSVP to Diane Monte at This event is co-sponsored by the Connecticut College Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), the departments of Art History, Education, Film Studies, French, Gender and Women Studies, Government, Hispanic Studies and History and the offices of the President and the Dean of Multicultural Affairs.

March 1, 2011