2018, Sun, Jan 21

Jihan El Tahri: On Costa Diagne and Guinean Filmmakers

Presentation and film screenings: „Men of the Dance” / „A Woman”, R: Costa Diagne, 1965, 20 min / 19 min, OV with English subtitles

Filmmaker Jihan El Tahri traveled to Guinea to retrace the biography and career of filmmaker Costa Diagne. She met his widow and daughter, she visited the center for film production that has long been shut down, but she also met other filmmakers who studied at the VGIK, including Kalifa Condé. She will also present an assemblage of sequences shot in Guinea’s capital Conakry.

Jihan El Tahri is a director, writer, producer, and visual artist. She started her career as a foreign correspondent covering Middle East politics. In 1990 she started directing and producing documentaries for international broadcasters—her most recent, Nasser, premiered at the Toronto International Festival in 2015. Previous acclaimed works include Behind the Rainbow (2009) and the Emmy-nominated House of Saud (2004). Her writings include Les Sept Vies de Yasser Arafat (1997) and The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1998). Her work as a visual artist was exhibited internationally. El Tahri is also engaged in various associations and institutions working with African cinema like the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora or the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI).