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CODESRIA at FESPACO: Programme

Pan-Africanism: Adapting African Stories/Histories from Text to Screen
Date: 25 – 26 February 2013
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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DAY 1: MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 2013

09.00–09:20 Welcome and Introductory Statements / Mots de bienvenue et propos introductifs

Speakers:
1. Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary of CODESRIA
2. Balufu Bakupa- Kanyinda, Guilde representative
3. FESPACO representative
4. Project Coordinators : Manthia Diawara and Kofi Anyidoho

First working Session : KEYNOTE ADDRESS

09:20-10:20 Wole Soyinka : A name as more than the tyranny of taste

10:20-10:35 Tea/Coffee break and group photo

10:35-12:30 Session II : What is filmic adaptation and what is adaptable in the last 50 years of African Literary Production ?(some examples of adaptations include Kongi’s Harvest, Ambiguous Adventure, Things Fall Apart, Waiting for the Vote of Wild Beasts, as well as folktales and epics etc)

Moderator: Samba Gadjigo
Speakers

10:35-10:50 Bhekizizwe Peterson (South Africa), Reflections on writing screenplays in South Africa
10:50-11:05 Mahamade Sawadogo (Burkina Faso), Adaptation et création
11:05-11:20 Mbye Cham (The Gambia), Oral traditions, Literature and cinema in Africa
11:20-11:35 Dominica Dipio (Uganda), African Folklore : Inexhaustible fount for cinematic inspiration
11:35 -11:50 Discussant: Francis Abiola Irele (Nigeria)
11:50-12:30 Discussions

12:30-14:00 Lunch break / Pause déjeuner

14 :00 – 15 :45 Third working session: What relations and differences are there between Literay and filmic narrations ? Many African writers have made a move from literature to film and back. Some famous examples include : Sembene, Ngugi, Soyinka, and A. Jebbar. What can we learn from them ?

Moderator: Bridget Thompson
Speakers :

14:00-14:15 Samba Gadjigo (Senegal), Ousmane Sembene and history on film : a look back to the future
14:15-14:30 Misa Hebie (Burkina Faso),
14:30-14:45 Foluke Ogunleye (Nigeria), When is a Camera a Weapon ? Wole Soyinka’s filmic Palimpsests.
14:45-15:00 Discussant : Kofi Anyidoho
_ 15:00-15.:45 Discussions

15:45-16:00 Coffee break / Pause café

16:00-18:30 Fourth working session: Contemporaneity : The African Film and Literary Movement. (Are Writers, filmmakers and video-makers contemporaries of one another ? Are they traveling fellows, in the sense that they read the same books, see the same films and listen to the same music ? Are they in the same time line ? Do they have the same preoccupation with African politics, history and arts ? In other words, what are the ties that bind them and separate them ?

Moderator : Mbye Cham (The Gambia)
Speakers:

16:00-16:15 Peyi Soyinka-Airewele (Nigeria), Conjuring “tradition” in Defiant modernities : uneasy intersections in literacy and cinematic socioscapes
16:15-16:30 Awam Amkpa, Mutating Literacies, Cultural Productions and New Imaginaries of Africa
16: 30-16:45 Frieda Ekotto (Congo/Cameroon), The Appropriation of Women who Love Women in Nollywood Films
16:45-17:00 Pascale Obolo (Cameroon)
17:00-17:15 Discussant: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda (Congo RDC)
17:15-18:00 Discussions

19:30-21:30 Welcome diner

DAY 2: TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2013

09:00-11:00 Fifth working session : African Literature and Film in the Era of Digital Technologies (What relationships can there be between African Literature and film ant the new technologies ? Can we learn from Nollywood and the other video movements in Africa today ? Can the video makers learn from African literature and film) ?

Moderator: Peyi Soyinka-Airewele (Nigeria)
Speakers :

09:00-09:15 Bridget Thompson, Digital Cinema: economic gains, aesthetic losses?
09:15-09:30 Fatou Kande Senghor (Senegal), Pas d’argent, pas de livres, pas de films de qualité
09:30-09:45 Africanus Aveh, Local Language Ghanaian Movies : Prospects and Challenges
09:45-10:00 Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso),
10:00-10:15 Discussant: Mahamade Sawadogo (Burkina Faso)
10:15-11:00 Discussions

11:00-11:15 Coffee break / Pause café

11:15-13:00 Sixth Working Session: Round Table 1 : Is there such a Things as Pan-African Literature and film ? (if so, what is it and who needs it ?)

Moderator: Mahamade Sawadogo (Burkina Faso)
Speakers

Dominica Dipio (Uganda), Bhekizizwe Peterson (South Africa), Fatou Kandé Senghor (Senegal), Mbye Cham (Gambia), Pascale Obolo
Discussions

13:00-14:00 Lunch break / Pause déjeuner

14:00-15:45 Seven Working Session: Round Table 2 : Is there such a Things as Pan-African Literature and film ? (if so, what is it and who needs it ?)

Moderator: Francis Abiola Irele
Speakers :

Awam Amkpa, Bridget Thompson, Ahmed Bedjaoui, Peyi Soyinka, Frieda Ekotto
Discussions

15.45–16:45 Closing remarks

Speakers :

1. Delegate from CODESRIA (Ebrima Sall or Carlos Cardoso)
2. Manthia Diawara
3. Kofi Anyidoho




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