Chérif Keïta (Ph.D., University of Georgia) teaches Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean, as well as advanced languages courses. A native of Mali, he has published books and articles on both social and literary problems in contemporary Africa. His special interests include the novel and social evolution in Mali, oral tradition, and the relationship between music, literature and culture in Africa. He is the author of Massa Makan Diabaté (L'Harmattan, 1995) and Salif Keïta: L'oiseau sur le fromager (Le Figuier, 2001). He has completed a documentary film entitled "Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube" (Special Mention at 2005 FESPACO) about the life of the first president of the African National Congress of South Africa and his education in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century. He has completed two new films(2009 and 2014) on American missionaries and missionary education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Professor Keïta also leads the Carleton Francophone Off-Campus Studies Program in Mali.
Dominic Fucci is a life long artist and filmmaker. For the past fifteen years, in addition to film projects, he has been working with teenagers and young adults in Minnesota project-based learning high schools as artist in residence. Dominic has a passion for education and learning which he has managed to combine with his career as a filmmaker and artist. Dominic is a classically trained painter who began experimenting with video during the early 1970s and has been working in the film and video industry ever since. As a skilled producer, director, and educator with proven creative ability in writing, he has been involved in a wide variety of documentary media productions. He has worked with Cherif Keita on several projects including “Cemetery Stories” and “Remembering Nokutela.” Presently he is in production on “Greetings From Djoliba, An American Village” a film about 1960s American cultural impact on a small village in West Africa. Dominic remains focused on taking his passion for education and learning to students in Africa.
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