Austin Film Society presents Films of Moustapha Alassane
Pioneering Nigerien filmmaker Moustapha Alassane made some of his first forays into filmmaking experimenting with hand-drawn animation. He continued to develop animated works throughout his career, and like his live action films, his animated shorts critiqued post-independence politics and society in Niger. Programs are appropriate for ages 13+.
Schedule of films:
- May 28: Return Of An Adventurer, Bon Voyage Sim & Kokoa - A businessman returns from travels abroad with gifts of cowboy gear for all of his friends. Once they don the threads of outlaws, the men begin to behave with reckless abandon.
- June 5: Toula - Alassane combines his ethnographic eye and keen social critique with his love of traditional parables. When a horrible drought strikes, villagers pray to a snake god to bring the rain and promise extreme sacrifices; and Samba Le Grand - stop-motion and hand-painted animated folktale.