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A wicked political satire about African dictators, this film tells the story of the president of a fictitious African nation who spends a sleepless night playing checkers with a pot-smoking vagabond who is claimed to be the "all-around champion". However the rules of the game entail opponents howling vulgar and foul obscenities at one another. The Champion proceeds to insult, and trounce the President. His reward - and fate - are not exactly unexpected in this hilarious send-up of living under tyranny. (website)

LE DAMIER (THE DRAUGHSMEN CLASH) Direction: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 16 mm, OF m. engl. UT, 40 min