Fri 7 Nov| 19:00 | South London Gallery


Dir. Mohamed Camara
Guinea. 1997. 87min. Colour. French with English subtitles.

Manga and Sory are deeply in love, but their love is an unspoken taboo in their society. The two young men battle family and societal prejudice as they struggle to hang on to one another. But will their love survive? Widely considered the first gay film from West Africa, Mohamed Camara shot Dakan on location in Guinea. The film was met with protests once its subject matter became known. With Dakan, Camara does not raise an activist flag for gay rights. Instead the director asks us to look at the lives of two people in love and the challenges they face in a society where that love is forbidden. Authentic and heart-breaking, Dakan (meaning destiny) is a compassionate portrayal of the gay experience in Guinea in the 1990s. Dakan premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in I997.

+ DAKAR: The Other Woman (L’Autre Femme)
Dir. Marie KA

2013. 12min. Colour. French with English subtitles.

A brave film set in the secret world of multiple spouse households. Madeleine, a housewife in her fifties, discovers her true self when she has to welcome her husband’s young second wife to their home. The relationship between these two women defies conventional norms. Their potent intimacy has the potential to blow apart a stable domestic situation and to rewrite the story of both their lives. A bold, beautifully acted piece, sensitively filmed against the backdrop of a colourful and beguiling Dakar.

Screening in collaboration with South by South, programmed by Joseph a. Adesunloye, and supported by Africa Rise at Naz Project. Followed by a panel discussion.