Alassane Program 3
DIRECTOR: MOUSTAPHA ALASSANE
2001 / 13 mins / 35mm
TOULA OU LE GÉNIE DES EAUX
1974 / 76 mins / DCP
SAMBA LE GRAND
1977 / 14 mins / DCP
Screening introduced by Bill Brand
Colorful stop-motion film Kokoa shows a series of wrestling matches, inspired by traditional Igbo wrestling, featuring a toad, chameleon, bird, and iguana. Toula ou Le génie des eaux, a rich parable based on a novel by Boubou Hama, takes place in a country blighted by drought, where a young woman, Toula, is chosen to be sacrificed to an angry snake god. Samba le Grand, the first full-color African animation, combines puppet play and drawing on film to illustrate a folk tale concerning the adventures of a hero seeking to prove his valor for a princess’s hand in marriage.
North American Premiere of new restoration of Samba le Grand, restored in 2K in 2019 by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and La Cinémathèque Afrique de l’Institut Français.
Bill Brand is film preservationist and multi-disciplinary artist whose films, public artwork, installations and works-on-paper have exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries, microcinemas and on television. His 1980 Masstransiscope, an animated mural installed in the New York City subway, is in the MTA Arts and Design permanent collection. He is Professor Emeritus at Hampshire College and teaches Film Preservation at New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program. He is co-owner of BB Optics, Inc., a company that specializes in archival film preservation and post-production services.