23.9. Monday

21:15 Filmclub 813

Price: 7 Euro / 5 Euro (reduced)

R: Roger Gnoan M’Bala;

Elfenbeinküste 1993;

OF franz. m. engl. UT; 35 mm; 80 min.

An African cinema classic about a self-proclaimed miracle healer, who introduces himself as “the cousin of Christ” and who has himself put on the cross in an attempt to gain followers. Director Gnoan M’Bala’s scathing masterpiece is an early rebuke of the widespread proliferation of fundamental Christian sects in West Africa. But his ire is not only directed at evangelical fanatics; he denounces the efforts of the so-called global religions to convert Africans as a “second conquest of Africa”. M’Bala stages this “spiritual colonisation” as a garish mask and costume show and, against the rural backdrop, exposes Christian masquerading as absurd theatre.
M’Bala’s film won the main prize at FESPACO 1993 and countless other awards at festivals including Locarno, Milan and Montreal.