A Conversation about films by Paulin Vieyra in French

With Stéphane Vieyra, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Mamadou Diouf, and Nora Philippe

Stéphane Vieyra, son of Beninese/Senegalese filmmaker Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, joins Columbia Professors Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Mamadou Diouf to discuss Africa on the Seine and other short documentary films made by Vieyra, considered the first sub-Saharan African film director. Their discussion, moderated by Nora Philippe, will explore his films, produced between 1955 and 1981, as a key oeuvre of this period of African independence and nation-building. Four short films by Paulin Vieyra are being presented by the Columbia Maison Française online from March 14 through March 21: Africa on the Seine, L’Envers du décor, A Nation is Born, and Lamb.

More about Paulin Vieyra: http://www.psv-films.fr/

This conversation and is presented as part of the Columbia Maison Française Tournées Film Festival. Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund and Florence Gould Foundation.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.