Soleils
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Showings
Sequoia 2Sat, Oct 11, 2014 5:00 PM Not Available
 
Rafael 2Sun, Oct 12, 2014 5:15 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:France
Burkina Faso
Year:2014
Running Time:96
Language:French
Director:Olivier Delahaye & Dani Kouyaté
Producer:Olivier Delahaye
Screenwriter:Olivier Delahaye
Cinematographer:Dominique Colin
Editor:Linda Attab
Cast:Binda Ngazolo
Nina Mélo
Barbara Hendricks (voice)
Serge Avedikian
Issaka Sawadogo
Ildevert Medah
Print Source:Odelion
Note Writer:Zoë Elton
Description
Part road trip through time, part heroine’s journey through memory, Soleils is a beautifully rendered meditation on the wisdom of Africa, as a young woman is initiated into the roots and legacy of her heritage. Dokamisa has lost her memory and her dreams; her grandfather summons his trusted friend Sotigui (the charismatic Binda Ngazolo) to save her. Embarking on an epic journey from the 13th-century Mandingo Empire to now, they encounter iconic thinkers-Voltaire, Hegel, Sufi mystic Tierno Bokar, Mandela-and their disparate viewpoints on the continent. Afro-European collaborators Dani Kouyaté (Keïta, MVFF 1996; Sia, the Dream of the Python, MVFF 2001) and Olivier Delahaye’s magical-realist mystery tour is a wise, inventive, witty journey that turns the tables on historically Eurocentric “explorer” stories, while embracing the importance of universal wisdom. It’s a long walk to freedom, but with Sotigui as our guide and griot, and Dokamisa embodying our hope in the future, we are in great hands. As a special treat, a screening of “A Long Walk to Freedom,” the music video of Barbara Hendricks’s inspiring rendition of a gospel song specially written for Soleils, will precede the screening. US PREMIERE

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE INSTITUT FRANCAIS THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN SAN FRANCISCO AND THE FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Sponsored by Jim Boyce Trust and Kris Otis
Additional Information

Olivier Delahaye & Dani Kouyaté

Olivier Delahaye's first production, in 2003, was THE WOODEN CAMERA, directed by Ntshavheni Wa Luruli (Crystal Bear in Berlin in 2004 and fifteen other awards). Then came NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, directed by John Kani, which won a half dozen awards. In 2006, Olivier’s first novel, LE VENTRE LISSE, was published (it has been reissued by Heloise d'Ormesson in 2014). Olivier also directed a few medium-length films before beginning to write the screenplay of SOLEILS and embarking on its production and direction.

Dani Kouyaté shot a documentary JOSEPH KI ZERBO - IDENTITY/IDENTITIES FOR AFRICA, the story of Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo, eminent historian and politician, great Pan-Africanist and companion of Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Lumumba and Cabral. His second documentary, SOUVENIRS ENCOM- BRANTS D'UNE FEMME DE MENAGE, 2008, is a moving portrait of a French Caribbean woman who leaves her island in search of a form of freedom, but ends up in another form of misery in France.