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SAINT OMER Q&A with Director
Alice Diop and Actress Guslagie Malanda,
Co-Presented by Africa Is A Country

Friday, January 13

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Moderated by writer & academic Bhakti Shringarpure

NOTE: This screening is SOLD OUT.
A standby line will form at the box office 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Africa Is a Country is a site of opinion, analysis, and new writing on and from the African left. It was founded by Sean Jacobs in 2009.


French screenwriter and director Alice Diop was born in 1979. After studying history and visual sociology at the Sorbonne, she began her career as a documentary filmmaker. Her short and medium length films selected and awarded prizes in several festivals include LES SÉNÉGALAISES ET LA SÉNÉGAULOISE (2007), LA MORT DE DANTON (2011), LA PERMANENCE (2016) and TOWARDS TENDERNESS (2016), which won the César for Best Short Film in 2017. Her feature length documentary WE (2021) won the Best Documentary Award as well as Best Film in the Encounters section of the Berlin Film Festival in 2021. SAINT OMER is Alice Diop’s fiction feature film debut.

Born in 1990, Guslagie Malanda made her feature film debut in the lead role in MY FRIEND VICTORIA by Jean-Paul Civeyrac in 2014, alongside Pascal Greggory. She holds a degree in Art History and has worked widely as an independent curator.

Bhakti Shringarpure is a writer, academic and co-founder of the Radical Books Collective which pushes for an alternative, inclusive and non-commercial approach to books and reading. She is the author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital (2019) and the editor of a short-books series titled Decolonize That! for OR Books. She is an Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut.




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