Manthia Diawara

26.09 - 08.11.2015

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In co-production with Goethe-Institut Portugal and kʼa Yéléma Productions (Paris) and in partnership with AFRICA.CONT/Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Lumiar Cité exhibition space presents the film “Wole Soyinka and Léopold Senghor – A Dialogue on Negritude” 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.”

After its preview at Cinema Ideal, the film becomes the centrepiece of the exhibition opening at the Lumiar Cité exhibition space, turning the upper floor of the gallery into a temporary cinema, where the film is shown for six weeks in fixed daily sessions. The opening of the exhibition coincides with a conference with Manthia Diawara, Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University, USA) and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches (CEC / FLUL), moderated by José António Fernandes Dias (AFRICA.CONT) and organised in collaboration with AFRICA.CONT / CML and the Centro for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon University.

The film is the first result of a series of conferences organised by Maumaus and the Goethe- Institut in partnership with AFRICA.CONT / CML, New York University (USA), the Akademie der Künste (Berlin, Germany) and the Institute for Comparative Modernities / Cornell University (Ithaca, USA), which have been held since 2011 in Lisbon, Dakar (“Modernities in the Making”) and Berlin (“Rethinking Cosmopolitanism”). ( (

In 2016, the project will continue in Lisbon, with the launch of two publications that bring together essays of the participants at the conferences.

Manthia Diawara (Mali) lives and works in New York, where he is Director of the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University. As a filmmaker, he has directed “Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation” (2009), “Maison Tropicale” (Maumaus production, 2008), “Whoʼs Afraid of Ngugi?” (2006), “Bamako Sigi-kan” (2002), “Conakry Kas” (2003), “Diaspora Conversations: from Gorée to Dogon” (2000), “In Search of Africa” (1997), “Rouch in Reverse” (1995) and, together with Ngugi wa Thiongʼo, “Sembène: The Making of African Cinema” (1994), among others. His publications include “African Cinema - New Aesthetic Forms and Policies” (with Lydie Diakhate, 2011), “We Will not Budge: An African Exile in the World” (2003) “Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and spectatorship” (1993), “African Cinema: Politics and Culture” (1992) and “In Search of Africa” (1998), in addition to many essays produced about film and literature of the African diaspora.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


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AI: African Intelligence
Cinema Palace

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Berlin International Film Festival
16.02. – 26.02.2023

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

17.12 | 17h00 Talk with Willem Oorebeek,

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

17.12 | 18h00 Opening of the exhibition

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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