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Reel Africa: Zan Boko (Homeland)

ImageTuesday, January 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

(Burkina Faso; 1988) Directed by Gaston Kaboré; More with English subtitles.

Boko is a term that refers to the place the placenta is buried after a baby's birth in the Mossi culture, marking his or her ties to the earth and to the community's ancestors. The film celebrates these ties, even as it dramatizes a traditional village's encroachment by urbanization, as subsistence farming is replaced by commodity production, and oral culture cedes to mass communication.

Presented by Mamadou Wattara, Department of French.

For complete festival information: http://www.cinemastudies.rutgers.edu.

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