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Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 7 PM (B4)

Thu, Feb 12, 2009
at 6:15 PM (B4)

The Yellow House

DIRECTOR: Amor Hakkar - Algeria

Winner of the Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival, Hakkar's picturesque film is as much an ode to the Algerian countryside as it is a poignant tale of a man's struggle to keep his family intact. When Mouloud learns that his son has been killed in a car accident, he leaves his wife and daughter and embarks on a meditative journey across Algeria to bring back his body. Traveling through the majestic Aurès Mountains, he overcomes the obstacles he faces thanks to the remarkable kindness and sensitivity of his countrymen in the neighboring town and villages.  Upon returning home...

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 9:30 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 7:45 PM (B3)

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love

DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi - United States

Youssou Ndour has been one of the brightest--and most courageous--stars in African music for over three decades.  Youssou was born into the West African griot tradition, in which musicians themselves must earn and command the status position of stateman.  His mélange of meringue, hip-hop, juju and funk manages to get everyone from prime ministers to street kids into his singular groove.  Vasarhelyi's film centers on the creation of his 9/11-inspired "Egypt," a joyous pan-African album in praise of the prophets and saints that gives Islam a human and smiling face.  Shocking backlash at home in predominantly Muslim Senegal takes the...

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