Negritude, a Dialogue between Soyinka and Senghor

Negritude, um Diálogo entre Soyinka e Senghor 

by Manthia Diawara

Based on archive material, Manthia Diawara organizes an imagined dialogue between Léopold Senghor, one of the founders of the concept of Negritude, and Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. According to Manthia Diawara, ‘the film probes the current relevance of the concept of Negritude, against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but also to an understanding of the contemporary artistic and political scenes of nationalism, religious intolerance, multiculturalism, the exodus of Africans and other populations from the South, and xenophobic migration policies in the West’.

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Director: Manthia Diawara

Montage: Adam Khalil, France Langlois

Camera: Edgardo Parada (New York), Serge Blerald (Paris)

Camera Assistent: Mansita Diawara (New York)

Sound: Awam Amkpa (New York), Serge Blerald (Paris)

Translation (Portuguese): Rui Gonçalves

Executive Producer: Jürgen Bock

Production: Lydie Diakhaté

Co-Production: Goethe-Institut e.V. (Lisbon/Portugal, Munich/Germany),

k’a Yéléma Productions (Paris/France , New York/USA, Dakar/Senegal), Lumiar Cité/Maumaus (Lisbon/Portugal)

Partnership: AFRICA.CONT/Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal

Support: INA - Institut national de l’audiovisuel (Paris France), Johann Jacobs Museum (Zurich/Switzerland),

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin/Germany), Governo de Portugal/Secretário de Estado da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes


Runtime: 59’

HD Video




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