Sunday, May 27 2018
14:00 - 14:52
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 52 minutes
In French
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
Les dieux sont à vendre 

France, Michel Brent, 2008, 52 min. 
*Narrated by Richard Bohringer

Each year, valuable African objects are illegally exported and sold secretly on the international art market. This documentary recounts, in alarming detail, the journey of a stolen ritual object of great significance. The important wooden fetish of the Dogon disappeared from the shrine where it had been conserved for centuries, only to reappear for sale at a Paris art gallery. Tracking the circumstances surrounding the theft and the motivations that led to its sale, the filmmaker reveals the investigation carried out in Mali’s Dogon region. 

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Sunday, June 3 2018
14:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
In French
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
Picasso, l’inventaire d’une vie

France, Hugues Nancy, 2014, 52 min.                    

On April 8, 1973, when Pablo Picasso passed away at the age of ninety-one, he left no will. Thus begins an incredible inventory of the work the painter left behind, totalling almost 50,000 works, from his earliest sketches as a child prodigy until his final paintings. Through first-hand accounts of those closest to him, family archives and never-before-seen visual documents, the documentary follows the three years spent making this visual inventory, and in the process presents a portrait of the private Picasso. 

This documentary, co-written by one of Picasso’s grandsons, recounts the extraordinary artistic and emotional story of the painter’s life. 

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*2014 Prize for Best Portrait, Festival International du film sur l’art de Montréal 

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Sunday, June 10 2018
14:00 - 15:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h
In French
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
La manière nègre ou Aimé Césaire, chemin faisant

Canada, Jean-Daniel Lafond, 1991, 59 min.

This extraordinary journey to the native land of Aimé Césaire immerses us in the work of the poet from Martinique, who spent his entire life fighting for the dignity and freedom of his people, much like Nelson Mandela, to whom he pays vivid homage. He confides in Quebec poet Paul Chamberland, who, thirty years prior, found in Césaire a model and an inspiration in his own fight for Quebec independence. Now seventy-eight, Césaire reaffirms his belief in these struggles with an unrelenting passion. 

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Sunday, June 17 2018
14:00 - 15:00
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h
In English
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
Living Memory: Six Sketches of Mali Today

Mali, United States, Samuel Sidibé, 2003, 53 min.

*New York African Film Festival, 2005

 American Anthropological Association Film Festival, 2004  

 African Studies Association Film Festival, 2004

Home of the ancient empires, this landlocked desert nation is one of the world’s poorest countries and yet culturally vibrant, with Malian artists prominent in African contemporary arts. This acclaimed documentary film exposes the pleasures and tensions of cultural life today and reveals the power and vitality of its ancient history. Filmed with a Malian crew, cut to the beat of contemporary Malian music, it offers an alluring mosaic of perspectives on the rich culture of Mali.

Samuel Sidibé (director of the Musée National du Mali), the brilliant Malian cinematographer Racine Keita and Susan Vogel (founder of the Museum for African Art, New York) provide unparalleled access and an insider’s vision. 

 

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Wednesday, June 27 2018
19:00 - 19:52
Meeting point : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium – 1379A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 52 minutes
In French
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
Le Douanier Rousseau, ou l’éclosion moderne

France, Nicolas Autheman, 2015, 52 min.

An inspired portrait of an artist who defies classification, a self-taught visionary, underappreciated and yet certain of his own genius. Even though customs officer Rousseau was occasionally mocked in his own time, some of the young avant-garde artists, such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Pablo Picasso and Robert Delaunay, saw in his painting the promise of the abstractions to come, from Surrealism to Cubism. The film reveals Rousseau in all his modernity, calling on shadow theatre, early film and scenes that can only be described as… dreamlike. 

Based on the letters and writings of his friends, this documentary explores the mystery that is Rousseau with the greatest emotion and precision. 

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Wednesday, July 4 2018
19:00 - 19:50
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 50 minutes
In English
Films, In connection with : Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art
This Is My Africa

United Kingdom, Zina Saro-Wiwa, 2009, 50 min.

In a world where the “Africa” brand is dominated by the continent’s political and social failures, this film – part of an innovative programme designed to improve Africa’s image worldwide – attempts to counter the negative onslaught by emphasizing culture and sharing positive personal experiences. Through interviews based on an eighteen-point questionnaire, the film highlights African cultural products by presenting them beautifully and engagingly. 

The film was created to reveal a more personal vision of the continent by weaving together the personal memories, tastes and experiences of twenty-one Africans and Africaphiles.

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Wednesday, July 11 2018
19:00 - 19:52
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 52 minutes
In French
Films, In connection with : Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art
Les mains noires — Procès de l’esclave incendiaire (Black Hands – Trial of the Arsonist Slave)

Canada, Tetchena Bellange, 2010, 52 min, OVEST

New France, April 1734. A Black slave, Marie-Josèphe Angélique, is accused of causing the massive fire that destroyed a third of Montreal. And thus begins one of the most spectacular trials in eighteenth-century Canada, featuring a parade of witnesses. Marie-Josèphe is cheeky and insubordinate, demonstrating a strength of character that earns her a score of enemies. The legal system of the time declares her guilty and condemns her to death. The documentary follows this tragedy, combining historical testimony with dramatic re-creations.  

Filled with plenty of twists and turns, this film investigates the hidden side of an infamous episode in Quebec history. Centuries later, Marie-Joseph Angélique has become a symbol of the Black resistance and of freedom.

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*2011 Dikalo Award for Best Documentary, Cannes International Pan African Film Festival

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Wednesday, July 18 2018
19:00 - 19:49
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 49 minutes
In English
Films, In connection with : Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art
Speakers for the Dead (Au nom des morts)

Canada, Jennifer Holness and David Sutherland, 2000, 49 min., OVFST

In the 1930s in rural Ontario, a farmer buried the tombstones of a Black cemetery to make way for a potato patch. In the 1980s, descendants of the original settlers, Black and White, came together to restore the cemetery, but there were hidden truths no one wanted to discuss. Deep racial wounds were opened. Scenes of the cemetery excavation, interviews with residents and re-enactments add to the film’s emotional intensity.

This documentary reveals the upheaval caused by the desecration of these graves and sheds light on the hidden history of Blacks in Canada.

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Wednesday, July 25 2018
19:00 - 20:33
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 1h 33
In English
Films, In connection with : Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art
I Am Not Your Negro (Je ne suis pas votre nègre)

France, United States, Raoul Peck, 2016, 93 min., OVFST

Taking the writings of James Baldwin as its starting point, the documentary revisits the social and political struggles of African Americans over the last few decades, particularly the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. Haitian director Raoul Peck has set Baldwin’s rhetoric and lyricism to a series of archival images that reflect the growing resistance against racial injustice and violence still running rampant in the United States even now. 

A moving indictment of the issue of race in the socio-political landscape of the United States.

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*Nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary of 2017

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Wednesday, August 1 2018
19:00 - 19:52
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 52 minutes
In French
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
Le marché des masques africains

Germany, Peter Heller, 2015, 52 min., OVFST 

*In the presence of Moridja Kitenge Banza, artist and cultural mediator 

International museums exhibit valuable collections of African artwork and handicraft whose origins remain suspect. More than a half century after the end of the colonial empires, speculation is at an all-time high, particularly around looted masks. Today, an increasing number of African countries are demanding restitution for these objects. Between the humble sculptors of the Benin villages and wealthy European collectors, this documentary challenges the omnipresence of the “white gaze” on African art, past and present.  

A look back at several centuries of art looting in Africa and the counterfeiting that followed. 

 

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Wednesday, August 8 2018
19:00 - 20:33
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 1h 33
In English
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
I Am Not a Witch (Je ne suis pas une sorcière)

United Kingdom, France, Rungano Nyoni, 2017, 93 min. 

In present-day Zambia, eight-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft. She is sentenced to live in a witch camp tied to a tree by a ribbon with the following curse: if she should ever cut the ribbon, she will turn into a white goat. Directed with grace, the story is set against a contemporary, globalized Africa in step with modernity.   

This poetic, comedic tale about witchcraft in Africa is director Nyoni’s first feature. 

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*Screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight 

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Wednesday, August 15 2018
19:00 - 20:28
Meeting point : The Salon - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Duration : 1h 28
In English
Films, In connection with : From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present
Inxeba (The Wound)

South Africa, John Trengove, 2017, 88 min., OVEST

In South Africa, in the mountains east of Cape Town, a group of adolescents arrive in an isolated camp to undergo the Ukwaluka, a traditional initiation rite through which boys become men. Xolani, a solitary factory worker, one of the men overseeing the initiation, encounters a teenager from Johannesburg who discovers a carefully guarded secret that could wreck Xolani’s life. 

This visually powerful film is captivating for its story of tradition, masculinity and homosexuality in a divided South Africa. 

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*Submitted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 2018

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