La Pirogue

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    La Pirogue

March 22, 2013 06:00pm-09:00pm
Doris Duke Theatre


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Friends of FIlm Friday event information

Reception: 6-7:30pm. Screening: 7:30pm.
$15 | $12 members

Directed by Moussa Toure, Senegal / France / Germany, 2012, 87mins. French and Wolof with English subtitles. Hawai‘i premiere

Family man and expert seafarer Baye Laye is the captain of a pirogue—a brightly painted wooden fishing vessel. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered the chance to lead one of the many pirogues that head to Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men—and one stowaway woman—who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye confronts many perils to reach the distant coasts of Europe. This New York Times Critics’ Pick is a must-see steely-eyed look at the issue of immigration in another part of the world. Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival. Winner: Golden Tanit, Carthage Film Festival

Special thanks to FFF presenting sponsor Louis Vuitton.

Special guest speaker: Dr. Njoroge Njoroge, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Hawaiʻi–Mānoa, will introduce the film at 7:30pm and lead a post-screening Q+A.

Dr. Njoroge's areas of focus include the US, the Caribbean and Latin America, and race and critical theory. Recent and upcoming publications include "Dedicated to the Struggle: Black Music, Transculturation and the Aural Making and Unmaking of the Third World" in Black Music Research Journal and “Niles Smiles: Randy Weston’s African ‘Cookbook’ 1959-1964,” in Transition.

Make it dinner and a movie: At the pre-screening reception, 6-7:30pm, you can purchase plates of global cuisine (Egyptian chicken, Thai curries, lamb kebabs) from Da Spot. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soda.

Read the New York Times review.

View the trailer.