LMU and Film Independent's Elvis Mitchell Sets West African Film Series (Exclusive)

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The new series, "Cameras d'Afrique: The Films of West Africa," begins Oct. 3.

On Oct. 3, the U.S. premiere of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s 2013 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee and Vulcain Prizewinner Grigris at LACMA, kicks off Cameras d'Afrique: The Films of West Africa, a monthlong, 21-film series by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, in partnership with Film Independent at LACMA.

Haroun will also screen his 1999 Venice best first film winner Bye Bye Africa and participate in a Q&A moderated by Elvis Mitchell.

LMU SFTV dean Stephen Ujlaki calls the series "a rare opportunity to see the latest films that have received accolades from the top European and African film festivals as well as classics from the past 50 years." 

Cameras d'Afrique represents LMU’s growing alliance with Film Independent at LACMA, where curator Mitchell and assistant curator Bernardo Rondeau have presented well-received film programs (including Jason Reitman’s hot-ticket, celebrity-intensive Live Reads series) since 2011.

Mitchell, a former LA Weekly and New York Times film critic and Harvard lecturer, will also bring West African films and filmmakers to LMU’s campus as part of the series, including an Oct. 23 screening of Tey and a Q&A with star Saul Williams and director Alain Gomis.

“Last year we put on the show of James Bond opening credit sequences … Is James Bond with LMU,” Mitchell tells THR. “Bond began an independent film series, you know. A show of great African films seemed like the perfect next step in what I hope is a growing relationship [between LMU and FIND at LACMA].”

The series at LACMA continues Oct. 5 with Mama Keita’s L'Absence and Gaston Kabore’s Buud Yam, with Q&As and a Mitchell-moderated panel discussion. Other highlights include the L.A. premiere of Mille Soleils (A Thousand Suns), and Djibril Diop Mambety's 1973 French New Wave-inspired Touki Bouki, Idrissa Ouedraogo's 1990 Cannes Grand Prix winner Tilaï (The Law).

Screenings will be held throughout October at LACMA’s Bing Theater on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free community screenings and select Q&As moderated by Mitchell will take place on the Loyola Marymount University campus every Monday night.

For the full program lineup, go here.