Dancing Like Home a personal documentary traces director Joyce Guy’s journey to Senegal, West Africa to pursue the meanings of the traditional dance ceremonies of Casamance, Senegal but once there her expectations of this culturally rich region are challenged. Having no firsthand knowledge of the region, Joyce decides to go on a preliminary location scout to receive permission from the village chiefs.
With Malang Bayo, a former member of the National Ballet of Senegal, born and raised in Casamance, they travel “home” to distinct villages of varying sizes, tribes and leadership. The story navigates through the exploration of the dance and its traditions but also the challenges she faces in Africa as an outsider who is further impeded by a language barrier, living conditions, and by being a non-Muslim woman in a patriarchal society. Encountering on the way, some realities of the motherland are not what she expected them to be. What is revealed is the depths that dance are embedded in their language of expression, whether it is communicating the birthing of children, the passing of elders, or the mediation of conflicts between people and villages. The film features master dancers/teachers Malang Bayo along with Marie Basse Wiles and Assane Konte; Professor Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Howard University; Nia Love, Love/Forte A COLLECTIVE; and Ronald K. Brown, Evidence Dance Company.
Director- Joyce Guy
Producer – Joyce Guy and Leslie Saltus Evans
Director/Producer Joyce Guy will be present for a Q&A.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 2:50 PM
American Film Institutes
Mark Goodson Theater
2021 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
9th ANNUAL “DAY OF BLACK DOCS”
All Day Event Tickets Cost: $15.00
SEATING IS LIMITED - we recommend that you purchase your tickets early!
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BOUND: AFRICANS VS AFRICAN-AMERICANS Trailer