Posts tagged ‘Alliance Francaise Auditorium’
This crazy original comedy will show us what happens when you mess with something that you thought belonged to your mother. Kenya is one of those things that some people think belongs to their mother.
by Heartstrings Entertainment
Senegalese novelist, journalist and essayist, Boris Boubacar Diop, has established himself as one of the most prominent contemporary Francophone writers. In his first appearance in Kenya to participate in the5th edition of the Kwani? Litfest, Boris Boubacar will discuss the impasses and weaknesses of African literature.
His presentation will be followed by a short panel conversation with him and the Congolese writer, Patrick Mudekereza.
Abstract from Boris Boubacar Diop’s presentation:
‘Some of the most important names in African literature are authors like Chinua Achebe from Nigeria, Pepetela from Angola or Mongo Beti from Cameroon. What they have in common is that they write in the languages of their former colonial powers – England, Portugal and France –
rather than in any existing African language.
So, it can be said in reference to the partition of Africa in 1885, that a Triple Berlin Wall still divides Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone writers. Many of us still think that this situation, far from being problematic, is the best opportunity to reach international audiences. This choice is understandable but it may also be too simplistic. Is it time to remember the poet Birago Diop’s famous words:
‘The baobab can’t conquer the stars unless it is deeply rooted in the soil’ ?
I would like to to show that the linguistic debate raised in the sixties by Cheikh Anta Diop and Ngugi Wa Thiong’O has never been more topical or more vital.’
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Throught its annual Film Festival, screened in over 20 cities throughout the year, the organization bravely bears witness to injustice worldwide. The films tell extraordinary stories of struggle, survival, and hope that challenge each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.
Date: November 2, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Maramaso follows young musician, Mandela, and his band, the popular Sarabi, as they endeavour to promote peace ahead of the hotly contested 2013 Kenyan presidential elections.
Presented by LightBox® Africa
Hawi Odingo and the Nairobi City Players make a comeback after an absence of almost 20 years. Hawi will direct a highly entertaining, provocative and satirical piece of drama that uses powerful imagery, music and storytelling as well as flashback to openly discuss that most embarrassing and taboo sexual condition afflicting many men, known in medical circles as Erectile Dysfunction (ED). This one act play is written by Dr. JPR Ochieng, a research scientist by training, who has had a distinguished life in theatre excelling as an actor, director and writer. He was at the forefront in pioneering the use of theatre to raise public awareness on health matters with his play ‘Beer’ which openly discussed the HIV/AIDS pandemic back in 1987.
Suitable for a mature audience