I’m going to Mali this time around to finish up a documentary on Nambala Keita. The above clip is the promo video for the documentary. I’ll be spending time in Nambala’s small village, Nana Kenieba. I’ll be shooting for the documentary but I’ll be working with some of the students at the school. Since I speak neither Bambara nor French, the two languages spoken in the village, my work with the students will be mostly visual; art, video, and photography. It’s also a great opportunity for those students studying English to practice on me.
The village of Djoliba is where another documentary will take place. During the 1960s USAID engaged in a project to “modernize” the housing in Djoliba in what was an innovative and controversial social experiment. USAID made a short 16mm film documentary of this project which Cherif Keita, my filmmaking partner and I were able to get our hands on. We’re taking that film back to Djoliba for a screening more than 50 years after it was first shown there. We are going to focus this documentary on the impact of the USAID work in the village, the reacquainting of the village members with the film and perhaps be able to talk with and interview some of the people who were part of the attempted modernization. I’m really hoping to find some of the people who were in the original 1960 film.