An Opera of the world

Film Information
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 70min
  • Country: Mali, Portugal

Manthia Diawaraʼs film is based on the African opera ʻBintou Were, a Sahel Operaʼ, which narrates an eternal migration drama. The “Bintou Were” opera, filmed on location in Bamako, in 2007, serves as a mirror for Diawara to build an aesthetic and reflexive story, through song and dance, about the current and yet timeless drama of migration between North and South, and refugee crises.

The film ponders on the realities of cultural encounters through the concepts of métissage and hybridity. The success and limits of fusing African and European perspectives are tested by interlacing performances from the “Bintou Were” opera, past and present archival footages of migrations, classic European arias and interviews with European and African intellectuals, artists and social activists including Alexander Kluge, Fatou Diome, Nicole Lapierre and Richard
Sennett.

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Film Credits
Director: Manthia Diawara
Editor: Kenan Akkaw
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