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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.

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