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Karmen Gei: Wolof Film Screening and Discussion

Film - Feature | September 23 | 6:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, B-4 (Southeast Corner)


Center for African Studies


Proudly rapacious and defiantly erotic, Karmen is both a
pan-sexual force of nature and a social outlaw. Jailed in a
women’s prison on notorious Goree Island, Karmen turns the
table on her captors by seducing beautiful warden Angelique
and escaping into the Dakar underworld. At the society wedding
of prominent police corporal Lamine, Karmen denounces the rich
guests, brawls with the bride and beds the groom. The love
triangle between Karmen, Angelique, and Lamine evolves into a
more complex geometry that soon includes a smuggler and
a charismatic singer. Though Karmen’s insatiable lust for life and
unwavering disgust with hypocrisy sow the seeds of her operatic
downfall, this modern African Carmen is an “ independent woman
who is finally undone by her own aphrodisiac magnetism.”

Film Will be shown in Wolof with English subtitles.
Discussion will follow. Please feel free to bring snacks.


eboner@berkeley.edu