Africa Atlanta 2014 Preview and Opening Night of African Film Series

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Feel the Soul of Africa in the Heart of Atlanta

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts


Africa Atlanta 2014

A city wide year-long celebration reinventing the cultural and economic bonds between the African, European, and American cultures in Atlanta

Join us for a special preview event on the opening night of the

Georgia Tech African Film Series

Tuesday, April 2

Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech

875 West Peachtree Street, N.W. Atlanta 30309

Program begins at 7:00pm

Special Guest

 Film Scholar Aboubakar Sanogo

 Carleton University


Featured film

Life on Earth (France, 1999, 61 min)

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako 

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About Dr. Sanogo

A leading Aboubakar Sanogo received in MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His doctoral dissertation is the first comprehensive examination of the history of documentary film in Africa in the colonial era. He is also currently Undergraduate Supervisor in Film Studies at Carleton University.

His recent interests include African cinema, documentary, world cinema, colonial cinema, cinephilia and the relationship between film form, history and theory. His writings in both academic and journalistic outlets have appeared in Framework JournalEcce Journal (in Japanese), The Africa Report, and Ecrans d’Afrique/African Screen.  He is currently working on publishing his dissertation, and preparing a monograph on the cinema of Med Hondo.

Aboubakar Sanogo is also the founder of the Carleton University World Cinema Forum which seeks to study national, regional, continental and global film cultures, institutions, stakeholders and debates with the ultimate goal of establishing Carleton as a major destination for the study of World Cinema.

Prior to coming to Carleton University, Aboubakar Sanogo taught in the US and in Europe in such universities as Georgetown University, American University, the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne-Pantheon), the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and the University of Paris VII (Denis Diderot).

In addition to teaching, Aboubakar Sanogo is also a film curator and has curated film programs at such institutions as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and at the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso where he was Delegate General of a parallel section of the festival called Guilde’s Week.

He has been awarded fellowships and visiting scholarships from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Iowa and the Ford Foundation.


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