The Hausa language group will be starting a Hausa film series starting this coming Monday. We will be meeting every Monday (exceptfor October 16) in VH 579 from 6-8:30pm for the rest of the semester. Many of the films we will be showing are subtitled and are appropriate for a non-Hausa speaking audience. If you are interested in getting an idea of the Hausa language aspect of the Nigerian video-film phenomenon, which is quite different aesthetically and thematically from Nigerian films produced in English, feel free to stop into VH 579 any Monday evening. If you'd like to be put on the email list for updates on what we will be watching, send me an email.
The theme for October will be representations of HIV in Hausa film. We will be starting this Monday (October 2) with the first part of the three part series Jan Kunne, directed by and starring the controversial Sani Musa Danja. The film, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago, tells the story of a love triangle between the rakish university student Babangida, the virtuous secondary school student Jamila that he is in love with, and the poor street hawker Mariya, who is in love with him. When HIV/AIDS enters their lives, they are forced to make difficult decisions which lead to unexpected joys.
After finishing Jan Kunne, we will watch Waraka (the Cure) on October 30. This film explores the impact of HIV/AIDS in a more rural setting. Waraka won an award from the Kano State Censorship Board (!) for its carefully researched representation of rural life. Both films are subtitled in English. The schedule for October is as follows:
Oktoba 2: Jan Kunne 1
Oktoba 9: Jan Kunne 2
Oktoba 16: a break
Oktoba 23: Jan Kunne 3
Oktoba 30: Waraka
Jan Kunne 1,2,3. Dir. Sani Musa Danja. Kano: 2 Effects Empire,
Waraka. Dir. Bala Anas Babinlata. Kano: Klassique Films, 2005.
Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone else you think might be interested. Hope to see some of you there! If you can't make it for one or two parts of the series, the films can also stand alone. I will explain what happened in the other parts before we begin each film.