Join us for a special one-time only screening of the new film, DOING THE TWIST IN BAMAKO, a narrative about postcolonial life and love in Mali. At Cinemapolis downtown!

Immediately following the film, stay for a wide-ranging talkback with range of scholars and makers, including Mat Fournier (Ithaca College), Idrissou Mora-Kpai (Ithaca College ), and Imane Terhima (Cornell University), facilitated by Andrew Utterson

dancing the twist

(Robert Guédiguian, France / Canada / Senegal, 2021, 129min)
Romantic Drama, French with English subtitles.

Mali, 1962. The youth of Bamako dance the twist to rock and roll music newly imported from the West and dream of political renewal. Samba, a young socialist, falls for spirited Lara during one of his missions to the bush. To escape her forced marriage, she secretly flees with him to the city. But Lara’s husband won’t let them be and the Revolution soon brings painful challenges as they dream of a future together.

"Inspired by the photographs of Malick SidibéDancing the Twist in Bamako (the screenplay of which was written by Robert Guédiguian and Gilles Taurand) does not claim to moralise or substitute for an African perspective. The film relies on the universality of love stories that defy (at the risk of their lives) traditions and ideologies, to weave a story nourished by simplicity, enthusiasm, and even the touching naivety of youth, against the backdrop of a utopia of class struggle confronted by "realpolitik." A dive into the past, punctuated by a multitude of hits from the early 60s whose fragrance of effervescent happiness is tinged with nostalgia and tragedy, like a challenge to time and the dictates of the mind." ~ Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

How to See the Film

DANCING THE TWIST IN BAMAKO is playing at Cinemapolis at 120 E. Green Street in downtown Ithaca for one-screening only at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. This is a ticketed event. Individual tickets or festival five-passes can be purchased at once the ticket sales are opened  in early March.

Watch the trailer here!