African FILM FESTIVAL New Zealand

Online Festival for entire Australasia 10 December 2021 to 7 January 2022

The Mask from San

GENRE: Drama
LENGTH: 84 Minutes
LOCATIONS: Mali, France
DIRECTOR: Jacques Sarasin


Tribal masks are loaded with significance but must retain their mystery. Taking his cue from this, acclaimed director Jacques Sarasin has carved a film of great beauty, a voyage between magic and reality that explores with respect and potency the culture – and secrets – of the Bambara of Mali. At its heart is the search for a lost Chiwara (the ritual antelope sculptures that so fascinated Picasso and many French painters). Constructed as an ethnological road movie, the film progresses deeper into the African landscape and ritual – its present and its past – aided immeasurably by innovative dream sequences and the extraordinary music of Tom Diokite.

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