This is no conventional ethnographic study of West Africa. Its more like a look inside the head of someone who took some bad peyote while traveling down the river to find Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. Minh-ha, who teaches rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley, narrates the film, stating her intention early on: I dont intend to speak about just speak nearby. She shows us scenes of Senegalese women preparing food while the audio track plays laughter, chatter, and drumming from another scene. When schoolchildren begin singing, the soundtrack goes silent. If it sounds frustratingly abstract, thats because it is. But it also inspired some Frenchies to form an art collective.
Wed., July 7, 7 p.m., 2010