19th New York African Film Festival

Black Africa White Marble


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Black Africa White Marble
Clemente Bicocchi, 2011
USA/Republic of Congo/Italy | 77 minutes

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In the 1880s, there were two paths for Central Africa: Pietro di Brazza’s and Henry Stanley’s. Italian by birth and French by education, Brazza rejected the racism of his age, using his philosophy of non-violence to penetrate the rainforests of the Congo Basin, sowing trust along the way. Meanwhile, his rival Stanley (in the service of the Belgian King Leopold II) advanced with the roar of the canon. More than a century later, when the current Congo president decides to transfer di Brazza’s remains from his grave in Algiers to a multimillion-dollar mausoleum in Congo’s impoverished capital, writer Idanna Pucci discovers an insidious hidden agenda behind the plan--one that sheds harsh light on both Central Africa’s colonial past and its corrupt present. Told by filmmaker Clemente Bicocchi using an innovative mixture of animation, puppetry and original documentary footage, Black Africa White Marble is a gripping, real-life David-and-Goliath thriller.

Series: 19th New York African Film Festival

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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