The critically acclaimed film “Tey” will be screened on the LMU campus on Oct. 23, followed by a Q&A with Saul Williams and Alain Gomis, moderated by film critic and curator Elvis Mitchell.

The critically acclaimed film “Tey” will be screened on the LMU campus on Oct. 23, followed by a Q&A with Saul Williams and Alain Gomis, moderated by film critic and curator Elvis Mitchell.

Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television is presenting a series of West African films entitled “Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa” during the month of October.
The film series is a collaboration between Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the county Museum of Art and LMU’s School of Film and Television.
The series began Oct. 3 at LACMA.
A special screening on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. will feature “Tey” (“Today”) by Alain Gomis (Senegal, 2012).
“Tey” is the 2013 winner of the 2013 FESPACO Gold Stallion Award and Best Actor award for Saul Williams.
Williams and Gomis will be on hand for a question and answer session at the Oct. 23 event.
“In his third feature, director Alain Gomis takes a well-worn topic in Senegalese cinema and turns it on its head: unlike other films, many of which choose to focus on emigration and neo-colonialism, Gomis’ work instead tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth,” wrote film  critic Elvis Mitchell.
LMU School of Film and Television Dean Stephen Ujlaki said, “We are thrilled to be able to present ‘Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa.’ Patrons will have the rare opportunity to see the latest films that have received accolades from the top European and African film festivals as well as classics from the past 50 years.
“Connecting our students to the rich filmography of West Africa, long a Francophone region, will expose them to different forms of storytelling, inspiring their own unique visions.”
The screenings are on West African films from the last 50 years and many of the movies and documentaries have never been seen in the United States.
“This series brings me such joy,” said Mitchell, who is also a LACMA curator. “Primarily because there’s nothing more exhilarating to me than to expose people to exciting new filmmakers and films, let alone bring attention to the art of an area that deserves more attention than it’s received in America. The works we’re playing demonstrate that film at its best, like any other art form, is idiosyncratic and universal.”
All films will be shown in the Mayer Theater on the campus of LMU and at LACMA, 1 LMU Drive. Screenings are free to the public.
Information or to RSVP, sftvlmu.eventbrite.com.

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