The College of New Rochelle to Host Francophone African Cinema Conference


NEW ROCHELLE, NY, Friday, April 4, 2014 - The College of New Rochelle will host The Francophone African Cinema Conference on Friday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with screenings beginning at 2:30 p.m. Focusing on the cultural expression of racial and political tension throughout Africa, the event will include presentations on French-African cinema and literature, film screenings, and close with a final discussion session. The event is free and open to the public.

Keynote speakers and presenters include: Dr. Andre Beauzethier, The College of New Rochelle, Dr. Sylvie Kande, SUNY College of Old Westbury,  Dr. Caroline Messa Wambe, Universite De Montreal,  Dr. Jean Ouedraogo, SUNY Plattsburgh and Quebec filmmaker, Yanick Letourneau.

Two films will be screened, Les Raquetteurs, a short documentary about the celebration and ritual surrounding a snowshoe competition in rural Quebec in the late 1950s and Les Etats-Unis d’Afrique  (The United States of Africa), a full length documentary directed by Yanick Letourneau. The short film marked the beginning of a new approach to reality in documentary film.  The feature-length film follows Senegalese Didier Awadi, whose goal to produce a record as a tribute to the fathers of African Independence, inspired his involvement in African political advocacy. Performance footage of rappers Didier, Smokey and others illustrates how these African rappers referenced earlier African heroes in their work to spread messages of empowerment and appreciation.

“This is the first time that the event will take place at the College and I know it will be a wonderful and enriching opportunity for students, professors and professionals to interact with one another while learning more about the interplay between art and politics in Africa,” commented Dr. Nahed Noureddine, French Professor and Program Coordinator at The College of New Rochelle.

The Conference will be held in the Mooney Center room 241 at the main campus of The College of New Rochelle, located at 29 Castle Place in New Rochelle. Screenings will take place in Room C, Sweeeny Student Center beginning at 2:30 p.m.

For further information about the event please contact: Dr. Nahed Nadio Noureddine,

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