Coker Shows African Film During Black History Month

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HARTSVILLE – Jan. 8, 2013 – In recognition of Black History Month, Coker College will host a free public screening of the 1997 African movie, “Tableau Feraille,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Watson Theater.

“Senegal is the most artistically advanced film-producing country of sub-Saharan Africa, and Coker is excited to present a work from one of its most important filmmakers,” said Professor George Lellis, communication program coordinator.

The film’s name, which is translated as “junk heap,” is taken from the city in which is set, a rubbish-strewn seaside community near the capital of Senegal. Presented in French with English subtitles, the 85-minute drama uses the story of a young, deputy minister’s rise and fall to reveal disheartening consequences of the country’s post-colonial politics and economic development policies and to explore broader themes of self-interest and human greed.

“This is a full-bodied study of ambition and corruption that doesn't seek to simplify matters,” wrote Chicago Tribune film critic John Petrakis.

Moussa Sene Absa, who wrote the screenplay and directed the film, was born in Tableau Ferraille in 1958 and is described by the BBC as an artist, writer, musician and film director who “overflows with creativity.”

“Tableau Feraille” was screened in 1997 at the Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles, where it won the festival’s Best Cinematography award.  In 1999 it was featured at the Cascade Festival of African Films in Portland, Ore.

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.




Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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