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The Night of Truth
(La nuit de la vérité)

Preceded by a Reception in the Sert Gallery
Director in Person
Screening on Film
Directed by Fanta Régina Nacro.
With Naky Sy Savane, Commandant Moussa Cissé, Georgette Paré.
France/Burkina Faso, 2004, 35mm, color, 100 min.
French, Moore, Dioula with English subtitles.
Print source: First Run Features

Mirroring the political strife and genocide in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, The Night of Truth opens as preparations are being made to end a decade of civil war in a fictitious country. A peace agreement is about to be signed and celebrated in a night of reconciliation with a “laying down of arms.” As the powerful drumming begins, both rebels and government forces gather, bringing with them years of rage, grief, hope, suspicion, and bitterness. In her first feature film, Fanta Régina Nacro boldly presents the sometimes unintentional but inhuman behavior inherent in all people. – Global Film Initiative

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    Directed by Fanta Régina Nacro.
    Burkina Faso, 1991, 16mm, color, 13 min.
    Moore with English subtitles.

A provocative look at cinematic illusions versus deadly realities that won numerous awards worldwide: Tiga, a farmer who lives peacefully with his wife and his two children on the Mossi plateau, hears a woman calling for help. – New York African Film Festival

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