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2010 marks 50 years of independence for 15 African nations and the ever enterprising BIFS - based at Birimingham's Library Theatre - are showing a film each from two of them. Here are next week's selections.

Tuesday 1 June 6.15pm
Wend Kuuni (U)
Dir: Gaston Kaboré Burkina Faso 1982
1hr 15mins Moré with subtitles
Cast: Serge Yanogo, Rosine Yanogo, Joseph Nikiema

In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him with a family in the nearest village. After a search for his parents, the family adopts him, giving him the name Wend Kuuni (God's Gift). Wend Kuuni regains his speech only after witnessing a tragic event that prompts him to reveal his own painful history. Bringing West African oral traditions into cinematic language, Kabore’s film launched the ‘return to the source’ style of African cinema.

Tuesday 1 June 8pm
Baara (12)
Dir: Souleymane Cissé Mali 1978
1hr 30mins Bambara with subtitles
Cast: Oumou Diarra, Balla Keita, Bubukar Keita

A young manager of a factory encounters a man walking along a road who says his family traditionally are servants to the manager's family. The manager offers him a job, and as he watches out for the other man's welfare, begins to see how the company mistreats its workers. The manager is challenged between his ethics and the pressure from others to protect his own interests as dire problems surface at the factory. Even when he decides on his path, he finds that fate has a formidable power.

Tickets £3.50 waged, £2.50 concessions.
Special price for both films on the night - £6 waged, £4 concessions.

Available on the door on the night.

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