This documentary follows acclaimed author Ngûgî wa Thiong’o as he and his politically active wife Njeeri journey back to Kenya after years of exile. As they are welcomed home by joyous and hopeful crowds, they also must cope with those who still find their revolutionary words and deeds a threat.
Manthia Diawara is Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at New York University, Director of the Africana Studies Program and the Institute for African-American Affairs, and Editor of Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, a journal of arts, culture, and politics. He has collaborated with Ngûgî wa Thiong’o on the documentary Sembene Ousmane: The Making of African Cinema and has also directed the German-produced documentary Rouch in Reverse, Bamako: Sigi Kan, and Conakry kas.
“Global Conversations: A Festival of Marginalized Languages” will celebrate conversation among and between languages. The conference will feature scholars, writers, performers, practitioners and activists who are involved in and passionate about the languages with which they work and live. The focus will be on examples of the revival, restoration and visibility of languages and cultures.
Directed by Manthia Diawara.
2006, Kenya/USA • 83 minutes • Digital Projection
In English, Swahili and Gikuyu with English Subtitles
Shown in conjunction with the UC Irvine
International Center for Writing and Translation conference,
Global Conversations: A Festival of Marginalized Languages,
October 24-26, 2007