Just to add to the information, KEITA, (ALSO KNOWN AS "KEITA, FROM =
EAR") is presented in a simple but effective way and is easily =
by a general audience. Dani Kouyate won the Paulin Vieyra Merit Award =
younger directors) in the 1995 M-NET All Africa Film Awards, in
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Subject: Query: African Literature for Schools
Not directly as an answer for this query, but as a reminder concerning
teaching Sundiata for undergraduate and graduate students. There's an
exellent film by Dani Kouyat=E9 _The Heritage of the Griot_ (Burkina =
1995, 94 min) which can be used when teaching Sundiata and African oral
"Keita creates a unique world where the West Africa of the 13th Century
Sundjata Epic and the West Africa of today co-exist and interpenetrate.
Director Dani Kouyat=E9 frames his dramatization of the epic within the =
of Mabo Keita, contemporary boy from Burkina Faso, learning the history =
his family. During the film, Mabo and his distant ancestor, Sundjata, =
in parallel quests to understand their destinies, to "know the meaning =
their names". In so doing, Keita makes the case for an "Afrocentric"
education, where African tradition, not an imported Western curricula =
necessary starting point for African development." "The film recounts =
part of the epic, the events surrounding the birth, boyhood and exile =
Sundjata which correspond to lines 356 to 1647 in the standard =
Johnson, John William, The Epic of Son-Jara (Sundjata): A West African
Tradition, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1992."
I have read the parts of Sundjata (translated in Finnish) with my =
and we have discussed the significance of griot and oral literature. =
knowing your own history is a central part of griot tradition, after
screening the film, the students have been asked to work in pairs and =
to each others the history of their names (their family) and then =
some of the stories to the class . They have been ashtonished when
how little they know about their own roots.
University of Tampere
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