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Film Screening & Talk with Steven Feld

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  2–5:15 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South 1128 & 1113
  Parking Information

Category: Screening


Dialogism, Reflexivity, & Collaboration: A Conversation

2:00-3:30 Film screening and Q&A in INTS 1128
3:45-5:15 Talk in INTS 1113

The conversation will focus on dialogic theory and method in linguistic, anthropological, and musical research. Examples where dialogism meets both the research demands and ethical issues of reflexivity and collaborative process will be presented and discussed across textual, audio, and film media.

About the film

55 minutes; in English, Ga, Twi, Ewe, and Fante
Subtitle Options: English, Italian, French

J.C.ABBEY, GHANA’S PUPPETEER documents an exceptional fifty-year artistic career, from Accra’s streets to Ghana’s villages to international TV. In fifteen delightful puppet shows, Mr. Abbey is joined by musicians Nii Noi Nortey and Nii Otoo Annan and filmmakers Nii Yemo Nunu and Steven Feld to chronicle Ghana’s music since independence in 1957. The marionettes perform ethnic songs, dances and stories, but equally the sounds of highlife, Afro-jazz, Afro-rock, reggae, and contemporary hiplife. The innovative soundtrack includes historical documents from radio, TV and broadcast, and LP, as well as new compositions commissioned and performed to playback. This fifth feature in the Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra series mixes styles of historical documentary and contemporary music video. Through the pleasures of performance it reveals the cosmopolitan politics that intertwine ethnic, traditional, national, and global musical styles in Ghana today.

Part of Developing African Studies

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*Not available for current UCR students, faculty, and staff

Additional Information:

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Center for Ideas & Society

Contact Information:
Center for Ideas
(951) 827-1556