Dance on Screen Film Festival - The Sound of Masks

Friday, Apr 16, 2021 at 7:00pm

Online
Williamstown, MA 01267

Free

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Directed by Sumantra Ghosal

How can the camera expand our experience of dance? In five films, we will watch together as diverse dance traditions are brought to life. Live Q+A's with filmmakers and choreographers will reframe dance from multiple viewpoints, and bring vibrant choreography from around the world to wherever you may be.

Dance on Screen Film Festival is a special collaboration with Images Cinema. All films are free and open to the public.

Mapiko is a traditional masked dance performed by the male members of the Makonde community in northern Mozambique. During the Mozambican War of Independence in the 1960s, this dance became a tool to challenge colonization. Beautifully shot documentation of the dance form is placed into conversation with powerful archival footage; we see the history of Mozambique's colonial past, independence struggle and civil war in a dynamic interplay with a history of dance. Following Atanásio Nyusi, leading practitioner of Mapiko, Sound of Masks offers an in-depth look at the integral role of dance and art in the continued fight to decolonize Mozambique and restore national identity. 70 min.

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