An Opera of the World Film

Manthia Diawara | Portugal, USA, Mali 2017 | 1h10m | 15


Manthia Diawara’s film, An Opera of the World (2017), is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama. The Bintou Were opera, filmed on location in Bamako in 2007, serves as a mirror for Diawara to build an aesthetic and reflexive story, through song and dance, about the current and yet timeless drama of migration between North and South, and the ongoing refugee crisis. The film ponders on the realities of cultural encounters through the concepts of métissage and hybridity. The success and limits of fusing African and European perspectives are tested by interlacing performances from the Bintou Were opera, past and present archival footage of migrations, classic European arias, and interviews with European and African intellectuals, artists and social activists – including Alexander Kluge, Fatou Diome, Nicole Lapierre and Richard Sennett.

This screening is sponsored by the Centre of African Studies and Africa Week at the University of Edinburgh.

Past Showings

Edinburgh / Wed 30 Oct 2019 / 6pm
Free / Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square